Higham and Rushden

Health and wellbeing

Mindfulness: a message from the Red Cross

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Take a Simple Drive to a Healthier Life (free e-book)

We were contacted by the author, Dr Roger Smith, who is a family doctor in Australia. His book is still available to purchase in paperback format but he has decided to distribute the e-book version free of charge. It can be obtained as follows:

Using the orange books app (iPhone / Mac / iPad)

Amazon.co.uk for Kindle

for android / pc via a simple download from www.thesimpledoctor.info.

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How the U3A can help

There is a saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is probably fair to say that the road to health is also paved with good intentions for many of us: I know many people resolve to take better care of themselves and exercise more, yet take things no further or drop the exercise regime very quickly.

Our U3A has several groups which involve exercise to one degree or other, including:


Country Dancing

Country Park Walks



Pilates for Seniors

Sequence Dancing

Table Tennis

Tenpin bowling

Walking football

If you are involved in other activities with beneficial effects, outside the U3A, why not bring these in-house by starting a new group? The Groups Coordinator and other committee members will give you all the help you need.

There is an extract from a recent (September 2019) document published by the UK's 4 Chief Medical Officers here if you would like to see how much exercise is recommended for over-65s (and I realise that not all our members fall into this category).


Other local resources

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Stanwick Lakes Health Walk (suspended during the Covid-19 outbreak)

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am: meet at the Visitor Centre and join in a regular health walk of approximately 45 minutes.

Did you know that regular walking: improves blood pressure, eases stress & burns fat faster? So why not do your own health walk, be this a gentle stroll or a forced route march, at one of the many great amenities in our area.


For free information and guidance on a range of issues including stopping smoking, weight management, alcohol management, financial wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, housing, employment and adult learning and social wellbeing, visit East Northamptonshire Council offices in Rushden on Wednesday, 12-4pm. (But probably not during lockdown.)


Have you had the misfortune to be diagnosed with an ailment? If you are unsure of exactly what it is then you may find the NHS website here a valuable source of reliable information.