The Health News United Kingdom March 7 2018

  • Sales of energy drinks to children under 16 have been banned in most major UK supermarkets, amid concerns about high levels of sugar and caffeine. Boots is also joining supermarkets such as Asda, Waitrose, Tesco and the Co-op in introducing the rule. Retailers will limit sale of energy drinks containing more than one hundred fifty milligrams of caffeine per litre to under-16s. The NASUWT has also campaigned for restrictions on energy drinks sales to children, and called on schools to ban high-caffeinated beverages from their premises.
  • A survey, which forms part of the charity’s mental health awareness campaign #NotAlone, is addressed to existing members of the UK drinks industry. Among its main aims is outlining the mental health difficulties currently experienced by members of the UK drinks industry. In addition, the questions are geared towards discovering the existing HR policies that are in place to support employees as well as uncovering the practices adopted by employers if a specific policy is in place. The Benevolent is hoping to encourage stigma-free conversation about mental health in the workplace.
  • NHS bosses have issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to come forward as the Beast from the East has hit blood stocks. The wintry weather, brought by the Siberian blast and compounded by Storm Emma, saw blood donor sessions called off. The NHS Blood and Transplant team is now urging people to donate as stocks have dwindled. The Nottingham Post wrote that with the worst of the bad weather seemingly over, they are urging people get out of the house and give blood.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 7th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43287125

Sales of energy drinks to children under sixteen have been banned in most major UK supermarkets, amid concerns about high levels of sugar and caffeine. Boots is also joining supermarkets such as Asda, Waitrose, Tesco and the Co-op in introducing the rule.
Retailers will limit sale of energy drinks containing more than one hundred fifty milligrams of caffeine per litre to under-sixteens. Co-op said it recognised the “growing concern about the consumption of energy drinks” among children.

Other supermarkets introducing the voluntary ban include Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. Boots is the first retailer to partake that is not a supermarket. The Co-op, Aldi and Lidl implemented the change on  March one, while Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda and Boots put the rule in place on March five. A Boots spokesperson said: “Helping our customers to live healthier lives has always been our core purpose.”
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The move follows calls by campaigners for a complete ban on energy drinks, and after Member of Parliament Maria Caulfield asked Prime Minister Theresa May to consider a UK-wide ban earlier this year. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who led the #NotForChildren campaign, welcomed the news and took to Twitter to celebrate the supermarkets that had “done the right thing”. The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has also campaigned for restrictions on energy drinks sales to children, and called on schools to ban high-caffeinated beverages from their premises.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/the-benevolent-launches-mental-health-survey-aimed-at-uk-drinks-industry/

A survey, which forms part of the charity’s mental health awareness campaign #NotAlone, is addressed to existing members of the UK drinks industry. Among its main aims is outlining the mental health difficulties currently experienced by members of the UK drinks industry. In addition, the questions are geared towards discovering the existing HR policies that are in place to support employees as well as uncovering the practices adopted by employers if a specific policy is in place.

The Benevolent is hoping to encourage stigma-free conversation about mental health in the workplace. The survey has been commissioned to Wine Intelligence, who will compile and analyse the data. Any personal information supplied during the survey will remain strictly confidential and anonymous. Individual answers will not be linked to personal information such as a name or email address.

The project has been sponsored by Victoria and Caspar Bowes of Bowes Wine who have donated a gold membership to the Daily Drinker Wine Club for the prize draw. If you wish to be entered into the prize draw, submit your email address at the end of the survey for the chance to win a case of six bottles of wine delivered every three months for a year, worth two hundred ninety pounds.

The Benevolent’s CEO Chris Porter commented: “I cannot imagine what it must be like to be living with depression, severe stress and anxiety and having nowhere to go or no one to talk to. Mental health issues are not restricted to class, race, gender, sexual or religious orientation – it can affect anyone at anytime in their lives and our trade is no exception.

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/nhs-issues-sos-blood-donors-1297570

NHS bosses have issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to come forward as the Beast from the East has hit blood stocks. The wintry weather, brought by the Siberian blast and compounded by Storm Emma, saw blood donor sessions called off. The NHS Blood and Transplant team is now urging people to donate as stocks have dwindled.

The Nottingham Post wrote that with the worst of the bad weather seemingly over, they are urging people get out of the house and give blood. NHS bosses said that all donors are welcome, but they are particularly appealing to people who have donated in the past, as their blood group is known.

Mike Stredder, NHS Blood and Transplant director of blood donation, said: “The recent poor weather caused the cancellation of sessions in snow hit areas and meant we collected less blood than we needed, particularly Group A, Group O and B positive donations. So, we are appealing for existing donors to check the weather before they travel but, if it’s safe for them to get out, we need them to come along to a session and donate if they are able.”

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