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February is LGBT History Month
February is LGBT History Month

Use these 28 days to educate yourself on the historic challenges faced by LGBT+ people in their fight for equal rights. Read something, watch something, ask someone, go somewhere, do something this month to support the LGBT+ community.

One You Westminster and One You Kensington and Chelsea are here
One You Westminster and One You Kensington and Chelsea are here

Residents across Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea can access stop smoking and cardiovascular disease prevention services in a new way. From January, these services have been combined into one, known as One You Westminster and One You Kensington and Chelsea.

Regular exercisers have the hearts and muscles of people decades younger than them
Regular exercisers have the hearts and muscles of people decades younger than them

Researchers, publishing their results in the Journal of Applied Physiology, studied 28 people over 70 who have been exercising consistently since the 1970s to determine how staying active can offset the physical decline associated with ageing. They also noted those who work-out regularly shave 30 years of their body's 'biological' age compared to their peers.

GPs could prescribe bingo and dancing after London trial's success
GPs could prescribe bingo and dancing after London trial's success

Boxing, bingo and Bollywood dancing are being prescribed on the NHS in a pilot project that GPs claim is reducing their workload by cutting the number of non-medical issues they deal with.  One practice prescribing activities saw 20% cut in hospital outpatient admissions

Sexual Health London - Free Home STI Testing Kit
Sexual Health London - Free Home STI Testing Kit

Sexual Health London have commissioned an online sexual health testing website. It provides sexual health testing via post kit - very useful for vulnerable groups.

Ride Side by Side
Ride Side by Side

A bike trip to the shops, a cycle around North Kensington or a spin to the local park will now be possible for residents with mobility issues following the introduction a free cycle taxi service called Ride Side by Side.

Is your heart in good shape? Take the test to find out
Is your heart in good shape? Take the test to find out

The free Heart Age Test is being offered by Public Health England (PHE) is part of a campaign to reduce the number of people who die from a heart attack or a stroke, which stands at 84,100 annually.

Almost four-fifths (78%) of more than 1.9 million people in England who have taken Public Health England’s online “heart age test” were found to have a heart that is older than their chronological age.

This 32-year-old is on a mission to end loneliness
This 32-year-old is on a mission to end loneliness

"I’m Mike. I’m 32. I’m single. I live with my parents in Doncaster. And I hang out with old people."

Doncaster resident Mike Niles launched the b:Friend service in 2016 after previously working for an older person’s befriending project in London. After returning to his home town, he identified a real need for a similar service in the area.  Mike has recruited 50 volunteers and supports 150 people with the help of Lottery funding.

Healthwatch Central West London Annual Report
Healthwatch Central West London Annual Report

Published today, the Healthwatch Central West London fifth annual report sets out what people think of current care and how HWCWL have helped services hear what works, what doesn’t and what local people want from care in the future.

#OKnottofeelOK
#OKnottofeelOK

A new mental health campaign launched by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has been covered on BBC Breakfast this morning, as part of a new drive to support those struggling to come to terms with the Grenfell Tower disaster.