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Each year the 14th November marks World Diabetes Day and this year the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is focussing on the Family and Diabetes, as they urge families all over the world to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes.

New research from IDF has discovered that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long disease in their own children. In a recent survey, the IDF discovered that four out of five parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs, and one in three wouldn’t spot them at all.

This highlights the need to increase everyone’s education and awareness to enable them to spot the warning signs early.

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?
Warning signs can include: excessive thirst, frequent urination, a lack of energy, blurred vision, slow healing wounds, and numbness in the feet and/or hands.

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where your blood glucose level is too high. There are two main types, Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, but they’re both serious.


Type 1 Diabetes
Around 10% of people with diabetes in the UK have Type 1 diabetes – this has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, it just happens and we’re still not quite sure what causes it.

When you have Type 1 diabetes, your body attacks the cells in your pancreas that make insulin, so you can't produce any insulin at all. This means that people with Type 1 Diabetes need to either inject insulin or use an insulin pump.

Type 2 Diabetes
Around 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes – this is when the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin.  The pancreas responds to this by releasing insulin. But because this insulin can’t work properly, blood glucose levels keep rising, so more insulin is released.

People with Type 2 diabetes may have to use insulin or tablets to control their blood glucose levels, though you might initially be able to treat your diabetes by eating well and moving more.

Can we prevent Diabetes?
There's nothing we can do to prevent Type 1 diabetes. But around three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.

If you’d like to know there are lots of places to get online support and help:

Diabetes UK https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

NHS UK https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/

IDF also have an awareness assessment available at http://discoverdiabetes.idf.org/

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Bored of the same old weekend routine? Maybe it’s time to shun the shopping and say goodbye to lazy Sunday afternoons by joining us for our new range of seasonal Adventure Activity Taster Sessions at Parc Bryn Bach!

This winter we have fantastic range of taster sessions that are guaranteed to add some adventure to your life and allow you to experience the thrill of some of our outdoor adventure activities for just £40 per person!

Explore the underground realm with our Caving Taster Sessions - we'll be following stream ways and phreatic tubes, squeezing past boulders and undertaking challenges such as the cheese press, letterbox and washing machine! Along the way you’ll also learn about cave formations, cave life and hear fascinating stories of exploration. Sessions are available on Saturday 27th October, Sunday 4th November, Saturday 10th November, Sunday 18th November and Saturday 24th November.

Join us on a thrilling Gorge Walking Taster Session that will have you climbing, caving, jumping waterfalls, enjoying water slides and much more, all under the guidance of our experienced and dedicated Gorge Walking Instructors. No previous experience is necessary but you must be a confident swimmer. Sessions are available on Sunday 28th October, Saturday 3rd November, Sunday 11th November, Saturday 17th November and Sunday 25th November.

Scale the heights this December with our Introduction to Climbing Course which provides the perfect opportunity to experience climbing for the very first time – no previous experience necessary. Sessions are available on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December.

For more information on any of our activities or to book a taster session, call us on 01495 355920 or email adventure@aneurinleisure.org.uk

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Arty Parky 2018

Get creative in the great outdoors this Half Term with Arty Parky!

Head4Arts is proud to announce the return of Arty Parky for a 5th consecutive year, a series of free events taking place in four fantastic parks across four counties. The Blaenau Gwent instalment will be taking place in Bedwellty Park on Saturday 27th October between 10.30am – 3pm.

Arty Parky presents the opportunity for people of all ages to work with environmental artist Kate Raggett to create spectacular giant land drawings.

During the events, participants will be encouraged to get muddy and forage for foliage such as leaves, sticks, seeds and conkers to help create four unique outdoor artworks composed entirely of natural materials.   The final pieces will showcase the natural colours of Autumn which makes this time of year a favourite for many.

The more people who take part, the more remarkable the results will be so please come along and help out! Participants are welcome to join in at any time throughout the day and stay as long as they like – just dropping in or staying all day.

Arty Parky events will still take place in light rain, but may be postponed in the event of severe weather. More information - and weather updates - can be found on the Head4Arts website and social media pages:

www.head4arts.org.uk / Facebook: Head4Arts / Twitter: @Head4Arts #ArtyParky

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We’ve got lots of great thrills and chills for families and children of all ages at our Aneurin Leisure venues this October Half Term. Whether you’d like to get creative with some pumpkin carving and Halloween themed crafts, enjoy some storytelling, discover adventure, join a Halloween party or get sporty, we’ve got something for everyone at Aneurin Leisure!

Looking for a spooky read to enjoy with your family this Halloween? We have a fantastic range of free books and e-books for children of all ages at our six Blaenau Gwent Libraries! When you visit your local library to pick up your next set of books, be sure to join in with our free Halloween Treasure Hunt and half term activities. Contact your local library for more information or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlaenauGwentLibraries/

Come along to The Met in Abertillery in your scariest Halloween costume on Thursday 1st November and join us for Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular. Help Sally the Scarecrow solve the ghostly goings-on at Crafty’s Halloween Spooktacular, then play trick or treat with Crafty afterwards and receive a special Halloween present! Tickets £7 – call the Box Office on 01495 355945 or book online at www.the-met.co.uk

There’s a jam-packed programme of special Halloween themed fun at Bedwellty House & Park this October. Bring your little wizards and witches along to our Halloween Fun Day on 31st October, or if you’d like to get creative try one of our workshops; Pumpkin Carving on 29th October, LUSH Bubble Bar making on 30th October, Spooky Slime or Ice Scream making on 2nd November. Why not venture outside and join Louby Lou for a Witches and Wizards Story Trail on 31st October or if you’re feeling brave, explore our Ghost Trail around the park on 1st November! To make a booking call 01495 353397 or for more information on our activities visit www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk

Discover adventure at Parc Bryn Bach this autumn with our exciting range of Adventure Activities - choose from exciting activities such as canoeing, bush craft, climbing, archery, caving and gorge walking. Activities are suitable for ages 8 - 12 years and cost just £15 per person. For your little adventurers we also have Pumpkin Carving Workshops on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October to help you prepare for Halloween. Workshops are £4 per child. For more information or to make a booking call 01495 355920 or visit www.parcbrynbach.co.uk

Our hugely popular Playscheme sessions are back at all three of our Sports Centres at Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar this October, offering children aged 8 – 12 years a mix of fun sports and activities including netball, football, basketball, racquet sports, inflatable fun, swimming and more. Each session costs £7 per child (including lunch) or if you’re planning to visit regularly, why not take advantage of our special Playscheme Offer of 1 day for £7, 2 days for £12 or 3 days for £15.

Our Sports Centres will also be offering some Halloween hijinx with our Freaky Friday Family Night on 26th October at Tredegar Sports Centre, an Under 10’s Halloween Party on 29th October at Abertillery Sports Centre and an Open 4 Youth night with Blaenau Gwent Youth Services on 27th October at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre for ages 11+. For more information on any of these activities please visit www.bglife.co.uk or call Abertillery on 01495 357779, Ebbw Vale on 01495 357777 and Tredegar on 01495 353395.
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Did you know that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14?

That’s why The World Federation for Mental Health is focusing today’s #WMHDAY campaign on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. The campaign aims to bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.

At Aneurin Leisure we have a broad range of services that are perfectly suited to help people of all ages improve their well-being, so here are some useful tips on how to improve your mental health along with some suggestions on how we can help: - 

1. Be Active

The benefits of regular exercise are well known; not only does it improve your health and wellbeing and reduce your risk of major illnesses, but it also promotes all kinds of positive changes in the brain, including neural growth and new activity programmes that promote feelings of calm and wellbeing.

Regular exercise also releases a whole host of natural hormones that can improve the quality of your sleep, boost your mood, enhance your concentration and make you feel more motivated.

At Aneurin Leisure, our three Sports Centres offer a wide range of exercise possibilities for people of all ages and fitness levels; whether you’d like to enjoy a refreshing swim, join a group exercise class, take to the gym or even play a game of badminton or football with friends.

Throughout Half Term all our centres will also be offering a range of fun and friendly activities for children of all ages to join in with, ranging from our popular Playschemes to Football Camps and of course some spooky Halloween fun!

Find out more at www.bglife.co.uk

2. Read a Book

It’s been scientifically proven that curling up with a good book is not only an enjoyable pastime, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental and emotional health. According to a recent study by the University of Sussex, individuals who read for just six minutes exhibited slower heart rates, less muscle tension and reduced stress levels.

The benefits of reading to promote good mental health are so well known that doctors in the UK have adopted ‘Books on Prescription’ to aid patients with anxiety and depression.

If you’re looking for your next great read, our six Libraries throughout Blaenau Gwent provide a huge and varied range of free books, e-books and e-magazines suitable for people of all ages and interests. Our Better with Books scheme also supports children and families, providing a range of titles which are available on a number of topics including behaviour problems, bullying, starting school, sadness, confidence and self-esteem etc.

Find out more at https://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

3. Take a Break

Something as simple as a change of scene or pace is good for your mental health, and the great outdoors is an excellent place to start since research has shown that time spent in natural habitats can improve your self-esteem and mood.

A report published by Natural England even demonstrated that taking part in nature based activities helps people who are suffering from mental health issues and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress and depression.

At Aneurin Leisure we have two country parks that provide a diverse choice of landscapes to explore, from the beautifully maintained lawns and flowerbeds of Bedwellty House & Park to the stunning lakeside views and woodland trails of Parc Bryn Bach.

But if you’re looking for more than just a scenic walk, there are also lots of hidden treasures to be found at our parks. You can take your relaxation a little further at Bedwellty House and venture into our cosy Orchid House Tea Room for a spot of lunch or a delicious Afternoon Tea or you can bring your children/grandchildren along to join in with our programme of fun and creative half term activities – find out more at www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk.

You can even embrace your wild side at Parc Bryn Bach and experience one of our thrilling Adventure Activities such as tandem paragliding, caving, climbing, archery or watersports. Throughout Half Term we also have a range of activities specially designed for children aged 8 – 15years for just £15 a day - find out more at www.parcbrynbach.co.uk

4. Learn a New Skill
Not only is learning a new skill a great way to broaden your potential, but research shows that continuing to learn throughout your life can also improve your mental wellbeing.

Learning can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem and help to build a sense of purpose, and since learning often involves interacting with other people it can also help us to make social connections and strengthen relationships.    

Learning doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go back to school as there are lots of ways to bring learning into your life, especially at Aneurin leisure. Our Adult Community Learning service provides a wide range of courses to suit everyone, whether you’d like to improve your employment potential with some new qualifications, brush up on your IT skills or even learn a new hobby and get involved with a club. Find out more at http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/explore/community-education

If you’re looking for something a bit more active, you could even learn an exciting new skill such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, climbing or navigation with our fully qualified and experienced Parc Bryn Bach Adventure team - find out more at www.parcbrynbach.co.uk

5. Do Something you Enjoy
What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in?

It’s important to find time to do the fun things that you enjoy; not only does it allow you to invest some time in yourself, but it can provide balance to your life and a much needed distraction if things are getting on top of you.

Having fun is a great way to beat stress, and doing something you enjoy can help stop you from becoming unhappy and irritable.

So, why not browse our list of up coming performances at The Met and enjoy a theatre show www.the-met.co.uk , invest some time into improving your fitness at our Sports Centres, go for a walk or get out for a spot of lunch with friends at one of our parks, maybe explore your interests and join a group at our Libraries or learn a new hobby at our Learning Action Centres - there’s lots to choose from!

To find out more about our full range of services at Aneurin Leisure visit our website at www.aneurinleisure.org.uk
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