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Smokefree Sheffield launch marks a change in the city

Quit smoking illustration

Smokefree Sheffield, an initiative that aims to reduce the prevalence of smoking across the city, will officially launch on Wednesday 20th June 2018 with a public event on The Moor in the centre of Sheffield. Smoking remains the biggest killer in the UK, with tobacco killing 16 people per week in Sheffield alone. On average around 1 in 5 adults ...

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Sheffielders star in stop smoking campaign

Paul Smith, from Netherthorpe, Sheffield

22 March 2018 Two Sheffield men are the face of a new campaign that aims to highlight even more reasons to quit smoking. Despite it being well known that smoking can cause cancer and heart disease, this still does not convince everyone to quit. That is why Paul and Mohammad are hoping to persuade others to join them in quitting ...

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Sheffield City Council introduce new Baby Safe champions

Baby Safe Champions (left to right) Julia Thompson, Shahida Siddique, Councillor Jackie Drayton, Henrietta Mlalazi, Sarah Salway, Greg Fell, Dr Margaret Ainger, Paula Schofield

8 February 2018 Twelve champions from across the city have come together today to launch a programme to reduce baby deaths across the city. In Sheffield, every year, four out of every 1,000 babies die before they reach the age of one. This new initiative, the first of its kind in England, brings together members of the local community including ...

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People urged to get checked for HIV during national testing week

The Plusme team giving HIV the finger

14 November 2017 People urged to get checked for HIV during national testing week Health leaders in Sheffield are encouraging people to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week which starts on Saturday, 18 November. This year’s campaign ‘Give HIV the finger’ focuses on reducing late diagnosis and emphasising the simplicity of the finger prick test. Research shows ...

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Director of Public Health sets out priorities amongst national health decline

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health

14 September 2017 The Director of Public Health in Sheffield has set out his recommendations for the year in his second annual report. Greg Fell’s recommendations come at a time when life expectancy improvements have halted nationally, with similar trends being seen in how long people can expect to live in good health – a picture which is mirrored in ...

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Boxer lends his weight to help prevent suicide

Johnny Nelson

8 September 2017 A famous boxer and former world champion is supporting a campaign in Sheffield to help prevent suicide. Johnny Nelson, who held the WBO Cruiserweight title from 1999-2005 and is an ambassador for Sheffield Mind, is encouraging people to speak out about their mental health, especially men. He said: “I know from personal experience how mental health issues ...

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School leavers encouraged to take up vaccines

A group of students smiling and talking to each other

13 July 2017 Teenagers and students who are eligible for the MMR and meningitis vaccines are being encouraged to ensure they take them up this summer – before heading off to festivals or to university. The first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine – known as the MMR – is offered to all babies at one year old, ...

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Free vitamins for pregnant women and babies, in bid to eradicate rickets

baby foot

26 June 2017 It’s summer and the sun is shining – but not only is that good news for people enjoying the great outdoors, it’s also good news for unborn babies. Sunlight is one of the main sources of vitamin D, which pregnant women need throughout their pregnancies to decrease the chances of their babies developing rickets. Unfortunately, though, many ...

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Getting together to tackle tuberculosis

TB_Yorks Humber - data overview 2015 (2)

24 March 2017   Strong progress in tackling TB is continuing in Yorkshire and the North East, with numbers of cases continuing to fall, figures released to mark World TB Day show. The latest data shows there were 440 cases of TB reported in Yorkshire and the Humber during 2015 (an incidence rate of 8.2 cases per 100,000 people in ...

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Service users pick projects in Dragons’ Den set up

Dragons Den - Newsroom ready

15 March 2017 Exciting ideas and fast pitches are often put forward by nervous people on Dragons’ Den. But the spirit of the TV show isn’t something usually associated with local authorities. That’s set to change in Sheffield as the City Council is trying a new approach to funding mental health projects to help with conditions such as anxiety and ...

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What would you do with an extra year?

Sheffield's Director of Public Health, Greg Fell

9 March 2017 Increasing Sheffielders’ healthy life expectancy by one year is the main aim of a new public health strategy set to be agreed by council officials next week. Sheffield City Council’s public health strategy for 2017-2019 will go before a cabinet committee meeting on Wednesday 15 March. It has an overall vision of improving people’s healthy life expectancy, ...

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Give yourself a pay rise on No Smoking Day

Smokefree - newsroom size

Tuesday 7 March 2017 Tomorrow (Wednesday 8 March) is No Smoking Day – and it is also national budget day, when central Government is expected to raise taxes on tobacco. Sheffield City Council and ASH (Action on Smoking on Health) are therefore encouraging smokers to use the day as their chance to quit. Someone who smokes 10 cigarettes a day, ...

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Parks to benefit from £1.5m investment

Runners at Norfolk Heritage Park

2 March 2017   Sheffield is bucking the trend and investing a huge £1.5m in its parks over the next three years, against a national background of austerity and budget cuts. The money, £500k a year for the next three financial years, will go towards improving parks and play facilities in the communities that need it the most. The majority ...

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New stop smoking strategy to be agreed by Cabinet

Smokefree - newsroom size

7 February 2017 It’s Sheffield’s biggest killer, claiming the lives of around 16 people a week. And now a new stop smoking strategy is set to be agreed by Sheffield City Council’s cabinet committee, in a bid to create a smoke-free city where people live longer and healthier lives, where children think smoking is unusual, and where young people don’t ...

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