June 2015 Archive

Look after your feet in the heat!

30 Jun 2015 13:48:08

With promises of a heatwave hitting the UK this week, make sure you keep your feet protected from the sun.

Don’t forget to protect your feet!

Nowadays we tend to be much more careful about protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. We don’t, however, always remember to protect our feet.

According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, many of us don’t realize that skin cancer can occur on the feet and often overlook applying sunscreen to them. They warn that skin cancer of the foot is becoming more common and can even be fatal if not caught early.

During a study, volunteers at a beach were given sunscreen and told they'd be evaluated on how well they used it. Even though they had every reason to be diligent about sunscreen application, researchers found that the participants rarely applied it to the tops of their feet.

When asked why, half of the participants said it was because they didn't want sand to stick to their feet.

While the sensation may be unpleasant, our feet are just as at risk as the rest of our body. So lessen the risk and make sure you apply your sunscreen to your feet.

Cancer Research UK recommends applying two tablespoons of sunscreen every two hours when out in the sun in the UK. They also advise people to stay in the shade between 11:00 and 15:00 or to cover up when out in direct sunshine between these times.

Feet in the heat!

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50 Connect - 26th June 2015

26 Jun 2015 13:53:23

Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do things better with a £500 award?

Could your club benefit from £500? http://www.50connect.co.uk/articles/could-your-club-benefit-from-500

Could your club benefit from £500?

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Why should we care about insects?

26 Jun 2015 13:49:08

The aim of National Insect Week (20th – 26th June) is to remind us of the important role that insects play in our lives.

National Insect Week 20th – 26th June 2015

The purpose of this week is to remind us of the important role that insects play in our lives. Insects perform many activities that are beneficial to our gardens and the environment as a whole. They’re vital as pollinators which is essential for food crops and flowering plants. They’re also an important food source for animals such as birds, fish and frogs.

Ladybirds

Ladybirds are a welcome sight in our gardens as they eat greenfly and other pests.

Ladybird

Ground Beetle

Another friend to gardeners are ground beetles as they feed on caterpillars, snails and slugs. They are commonly found under logs and debris.

Bees and butterflies

Insect pollination is crucial to gardens. Insects, such as bees and butterflies, fly from flower to flower to collect nectar. In the process, pollen collects on their bodies and rubs off on other flowers that they visit. This fertilizes the flower and the plant will then grow seeds and the fruit around the seeds. Without insect pollination, many food plants that we grow in our gardens can’t complete the pollination process and won’t produce fruits or vegetables.

How can you help?

Stop using insecticides

Many insecticides kill all insects, both bad and good.

Give insects a place to live

Make a ladybird nesting box, a pollinating bee log or a butterfly tower to give insects a home in your garden. Hollow stems, such as old bamboo canes, or holes drilled into blocks of wood make a good nest site for solitary bees.

Bee House
A natural housing for many species of insect from bees to bugs.

Plant bee-friendly flowers

Try and plant nectar or pollen-rich flowers in your garden. The nectar feeds the adult bee while the pollen is collected to feed the young. The more flowers you have in your garden, the more attractive it is to bees.

Bee Friendly Flowers
Bee-friendly flowers

For more information about events taking place during the week visit the National Insect Week website.

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Choice Magazine - 19th June 2015

19 Jun 2015 15:34:30

Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do things better with a £500 award?

Cosyfeet Community Award: http://www.choicemag.co.uk/category/enjoy_life/cosyfeet_community_award

Community Award

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Could your club benefit from £500?

18 Jun 2015 10:47:50

Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could you do things better with a £500 award? Apply for our award today.

The 2015 Cosyfeet Community Award

Cosyfeet Community Award

Following the success of 2014, we are running the Cosyfeet Community Award scheme again this year.

There are two awards of £500 available – one for projects that operate within Somerset and a national one for projects outside the county.

The awards are available to registered charities or not-for-profit organisations working on projects within the UK that support and enrich older people’s lives.

We are interested in projects that provide practical and emotional help, keep older people active or give them a chance to meet up with others. It might be a friendship group, a lunch club, a telephone befriending service, an exercise class or even a special interest group – anything that helps older people feel less isolated and part of their community.

Priory Knit Wits won last year’s national award. Based in Newton Stewart, the group meets every week for a chat, a cuppa and to knit for a host of good causes at home and abroad.

Shipham Active Living
Some of the members of Priory Knit Wits

Shipham Active Living won the local award. The group offers a varied programme to older people in the community. Activities include cooking for one, exercise classes, card making and willow weaving.

Shipham Active Living
The Shipham Active Christmas lunch

For more details and to apply for the award online, please click here. Hurry - entries need to be in by the 3rd of August 2015!

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Get creative in your garden!

18 Jun 2015 09:59:28

If you love plants and enjoy being creative, why not add a bit of charm and interest to your garden with one of these fun containers. Planters can come in all shapes and sizes and you can make them out of just about anything! There’s no need to spend a lot of money – just use unwanted objects from around your house or garden.

If you love plants and enjoy being creative, why not add a bit of charm and interest to your garden with one of these fun containers. Planters can come in all shapes and sizes and you can make them out of just about anything! There’s no need to spend a lot of money – just use unwanted objects from around your house or garden.

Boot planters

Drill a few holes in the bottom for proper drainage and you’ve got a charming little container!

An antique barrel

This antique barrel cut in half also serves as a rustic strawberry patch.

A vintage bike

This is a pretty way to show off your potted plants. You can leave it as is, or even spray paint it to match your garden’s theme.

A wheelbarrow

It’s easy to move, making it convenient for watering and for getting it out of cold temperatures.

An old bathtub

This vintage claw foot bathtub is ideal for growing basil or other herbs.

A musical number

This one of our favourites and shows that you can use just about anything to make a plant container!

We’d love to hear from you! Email your planters to creative@cosyfeet.com and we'll feature them on our website!

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Diabetes Week 14th – 20th June 2015

16 Jun 2015 11:57:59

Devised by Diabetes UK, this week is devoted to raising awareness of diabetes and raising money to help fund research into the condition.

Devised by Diabetes UK, this week is devoted to raising awareness of diabetes and raising money to help fund research into the condition.

According to figures released in May, the number of people with diabetes in the UK has reached an all-time high of 3.9 million. This shows how important it is that people are educated in how to self-manage it and prevent complications such as amputations or blindness from arising.

This year, the focus is on reminding people that you are not on your own when it comes to diabetes. Throughout the week, Diabetes UK will be giving support, advice and the chance to learn more about diabetes to help you manage your condition well.

They would also like to hear your own hints, tips and stories of living life to the full.

Hundreds of events and fundraising activities will take place across the UK to mark Diabetes Week, and this will include a fundraising effort from the team at Diabetes.co.uk. They have chosen to fundraise for a diabetes charity, which will be chosen with the help of their online community, by climbing to the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales (for the second time).

For more information about Diabetes Week 2015 go to www.diabetes.org.uk.

Diabetes Week 2015

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Cosyfeet offers £500 award for Somerset groups

12 Jun 2015 10:37:10

Cosyfeet specialises in footwear, socks and hosiery for people with swollen feet. Many of their customers are over 65, an age group often affected by...

Cosyfeet offers £500 award for Somerset groups that help local older people: http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Cosyfeet-offers-500-award-Somerset-groups-help/story-26681485-detail/story.html

Community Award

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Wide shoes don’t have to be boring!

12 Jun 2015 10:03:47

A good shoe can make an outfit. Thankfully, with the expanding choice of women’s wide shoes, you can still look fabulous even if your feet are very wide or swollen...

A good shoe can make an outfit. Thankfully, with the expanding choice of women’s wide shoes, you can still look fabulous even if your feet are very wide or swollen.

We’ve all squeezed our feet into ill-fitting shoes for the sake of style at some point in our lives. But is the pain really worth it? Especially when there are wide fitting shoes that are just as stylish as standard ones.

With a choice of playful patterns and cheerful colours, fabric shoes are an easy way of adding some interest to your outfit. They are also a useful style if your feet are sensitive or painful as they tend to be soft and lightweight.Women's wide shoes Have fun with fabric shoes

Boat shoes and ballet pumps are two wardrobe staples that are now available in a wider fit. Boat shoes are ideal for the spring and summer months while ballet pumps are a fashionable, year-round option and look good with anything; from formal wear to a pair of your favourite jeans.

Ellie Ellie – a fashionable ballet pump that goes with anything

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Aromatherapy Awareness Week 8 – 14 June 2015

11 Jun 2015 11:46:23

Organised by the International Federation of Aromatherapists, the week focuses on the benefits of aromatherapy...

Organised by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA), this week focuses on the benefits of aromatherapy and its role in health and wellbeing.

This year the IFA has chosen the condition of dementia to be the theme of the week. This was prompted by the concerning statistic that 1 in every 14 of the population aged 65 or over has dementia.

The IFA hopes to raise awareness of the beneficial effects of Clinical Aromatherapy in assisting with the neurological and psychological effects of Dementia which have been the subject of several successful research studies.

According to a study published in The Journal of Quality Research into Dementia, a limited number of clinical trials have concluded that they provide a potentially effective and safe treatment for psychiatric disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, but further research is needed.

Controlled clinical trials of aromatherapy in dementia were initiated following promising results from open trials of historical medical remedies. Linen bags were filled with lavender flowers and placed under pillows in order to facilitate sleep: one trial showed that use of lavender increased sleep patterns of dementia patients who were in residential care.

In a trial involving 122 non-demented patients in intensive care, massage aromatherapy using lavender oil was well received, the greatest improvements being in mood and reduction in anxiety.

In another trial, lavender, geranium and mandarin essential oils in an almond oil base were applied to the skin of 39 patients over an unspecified period. This resulted in increased alertness, contentment and sleeping at night; and reduced levels of agitation, withdrawal and wandering.

What is remarkable is that all treatments resulted in significant benefit, including (in most instances) reductions in agitation, sleeplessness, wandering and unsociable behaviour.

The study concluded that while lavender is the most widely used essential oil, there is great scope for exploring other oils that may help with the treatment of various clinical aspects of disease, such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia in general, in order to give people the chance to make an informed choice between conventional medicine and aromatherapy, based on reliable evidence.

Click here to find out more about our lavender products.

Cosyfeet Lavender Products

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