Me and my health: Former Miss NI Katharine Walker on her lifestyle

The Cool FM presenter and former Miss NI (25) has been a paediatric nurse in intensive care at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for the past three and a half years, and has just moved into agency nursing. She lives in Hillsborough with her parents, Wendy and Fred, and has an older brother called Gareth. Her boyfriend is Jack.

Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

A: I definitely try to exercise every day unless I’m working. I was getting really into CrossFit classes before Covid-19, so unfortunately that has been put on hold, although they have been really great at CrossFit Berserk to put up daily workouts online that you can complete at home. My daily exercise varies from CrossFit to HIIT to kettlebells, just depending on how my body feels. I have attempted yoga many times and it’s something I would love to make

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Planet Fitness will require you to wear a mask starting Aug. 1

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A new report suggests that wearing a cloth mask doesn’t just protect others from COVID-19, it can protect you as well.

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The gym chain Planet Fitness is the latest company to announce that it will require visitors and members to wear masks amid the pandemic.

The gym franchise with clubs across 46 states announced the plan Monday, saying that everyone working out at its facilities will have to wear face coverings starting  Saturday. Currently, all employees are required to wear masks.

“As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, amid an ongoing global health crisis, wellness has never been as essential to our collective community as it is today,” said Chris Rondeau, CEO at Planet Fitness, in a statement.

Since the start of the pandemic, people have questioned and worried about whether fitness facilities are hotbeds for viruses and bacteria. When people exercise, they tend to inhale

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Encompass Health announces purchase of land and plans to build a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Clermont, Florida

Complementing local acute care services, the hospital will care for patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries including strokes and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and complex orthopedic conditions. The hospital will provide physical, occupational and speech therapies that aim to restore functional ability and quality of life and 24-hour care by registered nurses, many of whom are certified in rehabilitation nursing.

The medical staff will be comprised of physicians experienced in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as other specialties such as internal medicine, cardiology, infectious disease and nephrology to assist in the medical management and support a complex patient population.  

“This future hospital will help support the growing need for intensive rehabilitation services provided in a hospital setting in the Clermont area,” said Linda Wilder, president of Encompass Health’s southeast region. “As Clermont’s population continues to grow, this hospital will allow for individuals

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Factors associated with not adopting healthy behavior among hypertensive individuals: a population-based study in Brazil

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    5 Simple Steps For Improving Your Health and Fitness

    If you feel your fitness is lacking or your diet just isn’t as healthy as possible, you may be wondering where to start when it comes to improving your fitness and kickstarting your health. Despite what you may be thinking, you don’t have to overdo anything or completely transform your life. You can start by making small yet significant changes that will positively impact your health and well-being. Here are 5 simple steps to take.

    Increase Your Daily Step Count
    Whatever your typical daily routine, incorporating walking into it should be relatively easy. If you have an office job, try taking stairs, and go for a walk on your lunch break, if you have an active job role, you probably do plenty of steps per day already. Invest in a fitness watch to track your steps and give you extra motivation to hit the daily recommended amount of 10,000. You

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    The next gen of therapy in mental health

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    In the U.S., it is estimated that approximately 19 percent of all adults have a diagnosable mental illness. Clinic-based services for mental health may fall short of meeting patient needs for many reasons including limited hours, difficulty accessing care and cost. In the first randomized controlled trial of its kind, a research team investigated the impact of a texting intervention as an add-on to a mental health treatment program versus one without texting. A text-messaging-based intervention can be a safe, clinically promising and feasible tool to augment care for people with serious mental illness, according to a new study published in Psychiatric Services.

    Ninety-one percent of participants found the text-messaging acceptable, 94 percent indicated that it made them feel better and 87 percent said they would recommend it to a friend.

    “This study is very exciting because we saw real improvement in those who utilized

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    COVID-19 kills four Kenyan health workers, infections at maternity hospital rise

    A woman wearing protective clothes walks past the entrance to the Pumwani Maternity Hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

    NAIROBI (Reuters) – COVID-19 has killed four Kenyan health workers and infected 450, the health ministry said on Wednesday, as word emerged of a slew of cases in Kenya’s biggest maternity hospital.

    “Health workers handling patients with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus disease face an increased risk of exposure to the virus,” Rashid Aman, the chief administrative secretary at the ministry of health, told a news briefing.

    At least 41 of the staff at Pumwani maternity hospital in the capital Nairobi have been infected, said Patrick Amoth, the acting director general of health at the health ministry, adding that the cases were mild.

    “Nobody has gone to hospital for care, and we are hopeful that they will be able

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    Family Medicine Is Key to Her Career in Global Health

    After graduating from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in anthropology, Erin Ferenchick, M.D., spent a year as a fellow for Princeton in Africa,(www.princetoninafrica.org) performing needs assessments, securing grants and supporting project implementation to address important issues like maternal-child health for the International Rescue Committee in Somaliland. She then spent two years as executive director of PiAf, which offers fellowships in public health, education, conservation, social entrepreneurship and microfinance.

    “I enjoyed the work, but I realized I needed a more solid and tailored technical skill set to contribute in a sustainable and impactful way, so I went to medical school,” Ferenchick said. “I chose family medicine because it gave me the broadest skill set, was the specialty most focused both on the patient and the broader community, and allowed me to leverage a career in global health. I’ve tried to keep one foot in the clinical world and one

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    Kerry Washington Slams Proposed Law That Would Deny Minorities Dental Help

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    Health First: Hospitals maintain capacity

    Jeffrey Stalnaker, Your turn
    Published 10:54 a.m. ET July 21, 2020

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    Chief Physician Executive for Health First Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker explains what to expect when returning to various doctor visits.

    Florida Today

    During the midst of a storm, we are stronger, together. Recently you may have seen reports offering an impression of a shortage of hospital Beds in Brevard County, specifically citing intensive care unit beds. While the intention to inform the public is important, we must recognize these numbers are a mere snapshot and do not provide the full scope of services available to our community.  At Health First, we are prepared to protect Brevard.

    Recognizing the potential uptick in patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health First increased its specialized respiratory capability to 208 negative pressure beds. It is important to understand an ICU bed is needed for severely sick patients, not just those infected by COVID-19.

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