As another week comes to a close, talkhealth have brought together some of the biggest news stories in the world of health. This week, we will be looking at a new fund to help combat the disability employment gap, how the latest generation is steering clear of unhealthy lifestyles and how to tell if your dehydrated in this summer heat. So, let’s get started.
New fund to tackle the disability employment gap
The government have put together a new £4.2 million challenge fund to help combat the disability employment gap.
The new fund has been designed to test new approaches to help people experiencing mental ill health or musculoskeletal issues remain in employment.
Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities Jackie Doyle-Price, said:
“For too long if you had a disability or serious mental health issue the world of work was off limits, potentially affecting the lives of millions of people across the country. This fund will help people overcome the barriers that so many still face when trying to get into and progress in the workplace.”
The fund itself is part of the government’s 10-year strategy which aims to see an additional 1 million disabled people in work by 2027.
The new generation shunning unhealthy lifestyles
The latest stats from the Office for National Statistics, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice have found that the newest generation of young adults are much less likely to partake in drinking, smoking and drugs than their previous counterparts. The reports also found that the number of teenage pregnancies was also drastically reduced compared to previous generations.
The statistics show a new breed of teenager in this generation that are much more concerned with their health and lifestyle. You can view the full statistics and figures here.
Are you dehydrated?
With the summer weather still here, it’s easy to get caught up in the beautiful sunshine and scorching heat. However, it brings with it the risk of dehydration. It is of extreme importance to keep on top of your hydration levels to avoid serious problems of issues, especially during prolonged heatwaves.
One way you can keep an eye on your hydration levels is by paying extra attention to the colour of your urine. This helpful chart can allow you to quickly see if you are at risk of dehydration. Some people are more at risk of dehydration, including those with diabetes, people who have been vomiting or suffering diarrhoea, and people who have been in the sun for a long time.
The NHS says people in the UK should drink at least 1.2 litres of water a day – 2.4 pints – and more when the weather is hot.
And that’s it for this week. Make sure to keep an eye on the talkhealth blog for all the latest news in the world of health. If you want to continue the conversation, head over to the talkhealth forums.