Monday, 1 October 2018

Heart Disease & Stroke Awareness

Heart Disease & Stroke Awareness

Many people live with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, which puts them at a risk for developing cardiovascular disease.  Heart disease is the most frequent condition in older adults and the No. 1 cause of death. You always hear about people who have had a sudden heart attack and yet you never think it will happen to you.

Medical experts believe that cardiovascular disease can be avoided. Though you can not change cardiovascular risk factors such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, and family history, you can reduce your risk.

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits multiply the risks of stroke and heart disease. 

Small but gradual lifestyle changes can contribute to preventing cardiovascular disease, or keeping it from worsening.

Making simple changes in what you eat and drink, how often you exercise, how much you weigh, and how you manage stress can help put the brakes on heart disease.

To avoid becoming a victim of cardiovascular disease, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of heart attack or stroke and understand how to decrease your risk. 

The key to a healthy cardiovascular system is taking a proactive approach rather than waiting until it’s too late.  Some  measures  you can take are proven to prevent heart disease.

Other Services
At Diversity Living Services, we provide free personalised one-to-one support with our health coach supporting you in implementing healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits. As well as teaching you to make healthy choices that work best for your individual needs, preference & lifestyle.
If you need help you can drop-in at our office every Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm.

We also offer FREE Blood Pressure Checks at our outreach stand
at Edmonton Green Library we are there every
Monday & Tuesday 11am - 4pm
(no appointment required, just drop in)

The following information  provides in-depth information about stroke and heart disease


British Hear Foundation:

Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases

How can I avoid getting heart disease?

Eat to beat 6 common health problems

Seven ways to minimise the risk of having a stroke

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Our Vision and Services

Our vision is of a society where no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health.

Mental health problems are extremely common across society, with one in four of us experiencing them in any year. Despite being so common, people from all communities will still experience discriminatory attitudes and behaviours that can prevent people from speaking out, seeking support and playing full and active roles in our communities. The impact of mental health stigma and discrimination will vary between communities as mental health has a cultural context that affects the way communities talk about the subject and engage with people who have mental health problems. In some cultures depression, for example, doesn't exist and in others an experience of a mental health problem can be attached to a sense of shame.

For the African and Caribbean communities a key issue is the overrepresentation of young African and Caribbean men in mental health services. Misconceptions and stereotypes have led to a perception that this group is more likely to pose a risk of violent behaviour and, as a result, they are more likely to be treated as inpatients and sectioned when compared to other groups. It is well documented that this has led to a fear of talking about mental health issues more openly and a fear of using mental health services. Research by the Race Equality Foundation (2011) also highlighted fears that discrimination against Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) communities and migrant service users will increase in the austerity climate and whilst commissioning arrangements change.

Our Services

· Provide information, advice, advocacy

· Represent diversity communities in Health Care services, policies and strategies

· Organise training in health and social care in collaboration with local colleges

· Provide human resources ( including interpreters) who are suitable to the diversity communities especially to break language and cultural barriers

· Provides domiciliary care and support

· Provide services such specialised support for people with mental health needs, including people who suffer from short-term memory problems, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

· Provide visits to elderly people and help them with outings and home services

· Participate in local authority and NHS consultations , research events and programmes to voice the needs of diversity communities.

· Increase access to services and rights for disadvantaged people and the most vulnerable of our society

· Help and support unemployed people to look for work, including training and job preparation

· Provide legal advice in a range of issues from on Immigration and Asylum , welfare benefits, housing, health, education, community care, and training, employment, etc.

· Provide advice and guidance, information and practical help so that our service users can access opportunities they are entitled to

· Organise training and other community learning opportunities that provide new skills, increase confidence and motivation

· Support our service users to overcome barriers to learning, employment and training

· Provide support for young people with their education, training, confidence building, employment and social needs.

Objectives of our Diversity Living Programme:

· To promote the inclusion and participation of diversity communities* in integrated care.

· To inform policy, locally and nationally, and assisting in the formulation of effective policies, strategies and good practices in integrated care in order to contribute to improved health outcomes for the people from the diversity communities (e.g. Black and minority ethnic communities) and to ensure health services are able to meet their specific needs.

· To improve the quality of life for diversity people with disability, mental health problems and their families and carers through integrated care by providing inclusive advocacy and information.

· To provide service that enable diversity groups and individuals with disability /elderly and their carers to make the right choice for themselves and have an influence on decisions made about their future.

· To promote the rights of diversity people with disability, their families and carers and make sure their rights are safe and protected.

· To promoting access to information regarding healthcare issues and to raise awareness of the needs of diversity disabled children, young people, older people and their families.

· To promote the rights of older and disabled diversity people, helping them overcome and enable them to participate in decisions about their future

· To provide support and information to those suffering the isolation and loneliness that can be associated with disability and old age

· To fight against mental health stigma in refugee, black and minority ethnic communities and ensure no one should experience discrimination on the grounds of their mental health or disability.

*Diversity communities are older people, disabled people, Black, Asian, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities.