World Health Day is a global health awareness day that is held every year to draw attention to a particular topic of health that is a concern to people globally. This year’s theme is ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’ in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Our world is an unequal one, and the COVID-19 pandemic in particular has highlighted this. People are enabled to live healthier lives and have much better access to vital health services than others; simply because of the conditions in which they are born, live and work in.
COVID-19 has impacted all countries, but has had a significantly harsher impact on those communities who were vulnerable before the pandemic. These vulnerable communities are those who are more likely to be exposed to the disease due to their living or working situation, less likely to have access to decent health care and to experience higher consequences due to lockdown measures that have been put in place.
At Heka, we acknowledge that not everyone is born with and offered the same opportunities in life. To help as many as we can within our three pillars of health; mental, physical and lifestyle, we have numerous offerings, many of which are very affordable and range in price. We also fundraise for and make regular donations to various charities, such as Movember, Refuge and Macmillan. Here are some of our favourite providers that go just that little bit further:
MindBerry gives you access to coaching and counselling, both online and on-demand. Whether you are going through life-changing events, or you want to develop new mental skills that will help you thrive at work and in your relationships. MindBerry offers a free 25 minute consultation with any professional from their network to help you find the perfect fit.
Breathe magazine is the original mindfulness magazine for a calmer and more relaxed you. This body and soul guide to a happier, healthier life includes 5 sections – wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escape. The aim of Breathe magazine is to help you “make more time for yourself”.
Beyond Move are proud to be inclusive, and teach with expertise and kindness. They host carefully curated Pilates, Yoga & Barre Classes, specialist courses for pre & postnatal women and back pain rehabilitation. They also offer Peto Pilates classes for those who are disabled or have limited mobility, such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery, MS and cerebral palsy.
Disco Yoga® is a brand new yoga class inspired by those who simply want fitness to be fun and uplifting! It’s for disco lovers, yoga aficionados and first timers looking for a new way to unwind and socialise virtually during these testing times. They also hold many fundraisers, raising funds for charities such as NHS Charities Together, and the Hello Beautiful Foundation.
Organic, ethically sourced, super tasty energy bars! The ingredients are simple, the bars taste fantastic and have a great energy profile. Being sustainable is what Hard.bar is all about and all bars are created with organic ingredients. Each Hard.bar bought plants a tree and removes twice as much plastic as they produce from the environment.
ElWell is passionate about supporting people as they care for their parents. This caregiving hub offers support and advice on topics ranging from dementia, care options, financial matters and power of attorney. Whether you want to discuss ways to avoid caregiver burnout, weigh up the pros and cons of carers or talk about anything else that’s weighing on your mind; ElWell are here for you.