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What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Denise Holliday

October 7, 2013

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I found out that I had kidney failure whilst pregnant with my daughter Georgina in 2005.  It was a huge shock for me and my family.  In 2007 a group of patients decided to form Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association (DaBKA) as a registered charity and have gone from strength to strength.  I have been a Trustee committee member and secretary of DaBKA from the start.

When Georgina was two, my kidneys failed and I had to start peritoneal dialysis at home four times during the day.  I then progressed to APD, dialysing for nine hours a night.  After PD was no longer suitable I went on to Haemodialysis in hospital three days a week, for four hours.  In February 2011, ‘the call’ came and I was fortunate to receive a kidney transplant.  The road after transplant has not been smooth and i have to take a cocktail of drugs every day but the difference to my life is amazing.  I can be a proper mum now and I enjoy life to the full, making the most of every minute.

I have campaigned to raise awareness of organ donation, and have done several interviews on local and national radio. I met Princess Anne when she came to open Doncaster dialysis unit.  As secretary of DaBKA, I have helped to organise and plan many local kidney patient days out, social events balloon launches and Christmas parties.

Being diagnosed and living with renal failure is often very frightening and sometimes isolating and I feel able to help other patients by sharing own experiences which will hopefully help and reassure fellow kidney patients.

When I found out that I had been nominated for a What’s On 4 Me Award I was overwhelmed.  Thank you to everyone who has voted for me, I really do appreciate it.

I hope that by reading this blog, if you believe in organ donation it has spurred you on to sign the register,  if just one person signs the register then I have achieved a small bit of what I set out to do.

Thank you to everyone who has voted for me, and for reading this blog, I really do appreciate it.

Denise x

Denise Holliday has been nominated in the category Volunteer of the Year. To vote for Denise please visit the What’s On 4 Me Awards website and click the Voting Link.

If you want to keep updated and find out how to attend our glittering Awards Ceremony at Earls Court in November, as part of the Ideal Home Show at Xmas, then add your details here
 
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What’s On 4 Me 2013 Awards Nominee – Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association

October 7, 2013

All Awards nominees are given the opportunity to showcase their great work on our Blog.  So, remember to Sign up for our Blog to hear news of other nominees coming shortly!

(To add your blog – email info@whatson4me.co.uk)

kidney

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association was formed in 2007 by a group of local Kidney Patients.  The charity has gone from strength to strength. Our main aim is to help and support all renal patients, their family and friends live with kidney disease.

We have organised patient days out, and had a most enjoyable day out at Bridlington.  Kidney patients in our area are give away free blood pressure monitors.  Monitoring your blood pressure is very important in kidney disease. We provide medical alert wristbands, information DVD’s for new patients.  Small grants are available to patients -so far we have awarded grants for laminate flooring, travel to out of town hospitals and kitchen appliences.  We try to hold social events throughout the year and our Christmas party is always a great success.  The ferret racing and townfield gala have proved most popular.  Every quarter we produce a newsletter.  Funds are raised by our great supporters by donations, Christmas raffles, balloon launches and selling Christmas cards.

We also fully support the organ donation campaign and promote organ donation as much as possible.

We are delighted to have been nominated and thank everyone for their continued support.

Alan Sutton, Chairman

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association has been nominated in the category Best Community Fund Raising Group or Charity Group. To vote for Doncaster & Bassetlaw Kidney Association please visit the What’s On 4 Me Awards website and click the Voting Link.

If you want to keep updated and find out how to attend our glittering Awards Ceremony at Earls Court in November, as part of the Ideal Home Show at Xmas, then add your details here
 

Activity Discounts and Freebies

April 24, 2013

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What’s On 4 Me have scoured the web to bring you all the best ACTIVITY DISCOUNTS & FREEBIES all in one place, and we’re adding more each day ~ so follow this Blog and check back again soon!

 

See here for National and Online Discounts or use the map to find your regional Activity Discounts!

7 STEPS TO SKINNY JEANS IN 29 DAYS OR LESS!

January 11, 2012

Here are some more fantastic fitness tips from Nottingham’s Fitness Guru, Jiten Nandha, owner of Manage Muscle, Personal Training and Boot Camp:

* Get the 7 steps to fast and permanent fat loss

* Discover the secret to the perfect diet program

* Why most fitness and weight loss programs fail you.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas – with a difference!

December 6, 2011

Here are some Festive Fitness Tips from Nottingham’s premier Fitness Guru, Jiten Nandha, owner of Manage Muscle Personal Training & Boot Camp:

Red and green decorations are out, nostalgic tunes fill the airways and the kids are hard at work on their letters for Santa.

I know what’s on your list this year and it isn’t found at your local department store. You’re wishing for washboard abs—so I’ve put together “The Twelve Days of Christmas –Washboard Abs Edition” just for you.

The 12 Days of Christmas –Washboard Abs Edition

On the First Day…Give yourself the gift of Burpees.

Created in the 1930’s by psychologist Royal H. Burpee, the burpee is an intense full body exercise that helps burn fat and tone muscles. A burpee is done in the following 5 steps: 1) Stand with feet shoulder width apart. 2) Drop to a squat with your hands on the ground. 3) Kick feet back while lowering into a push-up. 4) Return to squat position. 5) Jump up with arms overhead.

On the Second Day…Give yourself the gift of Fibre.

Stocking up on fibre will do wonders for your abs. High fibre foods are nutrient dense and low in calories. Try these high fibre favourites: raspberries, pear (with skin), artichoke, peas, apples (with skin), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and carrots.

On the Third Day…Give yourself the gift of a Medicine Ball.

The first medicine balls were created in Persia over 3,000 years ago, made with sand filled bladders and used by wrestlers as part of their conditioning. Today you can get the same rippling abs by incorporating medicine balls into your exercise routine. Do a sit-up holding a medicine ball at your chest then throw it to a partner as you raise your chest toward your knees; or hold a medicine ball with arms straight up in the air as you do crunches.

On the Fourth Day…Give yourself the gift of Reduced Salt.

Too much salt leads to water retention—and that spells disaster for your six pack. Pay attention to the sodium content of your food. Limit salt intake by not eating packaged foods and by putting down the salt shaker.

 

On the Fifth Day…Give yourself the gift of Oblique V-Sits.

Who really wants a muffin top? You don’t, so incorporate Oblique V-Sits into your routine in 3 simple steps. 1) Lie on your side with legs straight and hands behind your head. 2) Raise your arms and legs simultaneously, while exhaling and squeezing your obliques. 3) Repeat on the other side.

On the Sixth Day…Give yourself the gift of Lean Protein.

Along with fiber, your meals should be packed with lean protein. This will help support muscle growth while controlling blood sugar – all important factors when it come to washboard abs.

On the Seventh Day…Give yourself the gift of Sprints.

The days of long slow cardio sessions are long gone. We now know that short intense bursts of cardio is the ideal way to melt fat. Run 60-90 second sprints in between resistance training sets to really kick your fat burning mechanism into high gear.

On the Eighth Day…Give yourself the gift of No Sugar.

Sure, sugar tastes good, but indulging in it causes your body to store layers of fat. Enjoy fresh fruit, rather than refined sugar. If you really want washboard abs, then say no to sugar.

On the Ninth Day…Give yourself the gift of Hanging Leg Raises.

This is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your abdominals. 1) Hang from pull-up bar with legs fully extended. 2) Exhale and drive your knees up toward your chest. 3) Inhale as you slowly lower your legs back down.

 

On the Tenth Day…Give yourself the gift of No Grain.

If you’re serious about that six pack then put down the bread basket. Grains are full of insulin-spiking carbohydrates—the perfect combination for fattening you up. Learn to love grain-free meals that center around lean meats and vegetables.

On the Eleventh Day…Give yourself the gift of Mountain Climbers.

Here’s another intense exercise that really targets your abs while also burning fat. 1) Get into push-up position. 2) Exhale as you alternately drive your knees in toward your chest, keeping your back flat.

 

On the Twelfth Day…Give yourself the gift of Washboard Abs.

Contact me about my tummy flattening programs that will get you those washboard abs that you’re wishing for.

Call or email today to get started.

 

GEMMA’S ALL SET TO BE PAMPERED

November 23, 2011

Gemma Machin from Newark, the winner of Nottinghamshire What’s On 4 Me October Subscriber’s Draw, could not have been more pleased or surprised to find out she’d won the Relax Day at Eden Hall Day Spa.  “I never win anything!” she exclaimed, but now she’s has and, having just come out of hospital, it will be just the thing to get her back on the road to a full recovery.  “My mum took me there once for a birthday treat – I can’t wait to go back again.  Thank you What’s On 4 Me!”

 

Our November draw is for a Meal for 4 at Arrow Farms near Worksop – click here to register for our newsletter and be in the draw.

Is Yoga Really for Everyone?

November 15, 2011

By Diane Francis, Bristol & Somerset What’s On 4 Me

Here at the What’s On 4 Me office, we get a lot of feedback from our fans about the types of  activities they are looking to get involved in. One activity that comes up time  and time again is yoga. I am the first to admit that my knowledge of yoga is limited! When we decided a few weeks ago, to start a one year long feature on yoga and meditation, I knew it was the time to get better acquainted with yoga!

The excellent article Marilyn at What’s On 4 Me put together, gives us a  great understanding of what yoga is all about and the many different styles of yoga we can practice. This then lead me to conclude: could yoga really be the exercise for me? So this blog aims to provide you with the answers I’ve found to some of the questions I had about exactly who can practice yoga!

Is yoga just for women?

This is one of the first misconceptions! Yoga is not something that is immediately associated with men and yoga is often (wrongly) perceived as exclusively ‘female oriented’. In recent years though, a number of high profile male celebrities, including footballer Ryan Giggs and musician Sting, have explained the benefits they’ve received from practicing yoga. Sting was introduced to yoga at his late 30s. Since then he has mastered complex asanas of Ashtanga Yoga while also practicing a special variety of Jivamukti yoga. Sting says his aging process is reversing thanks to yoga. Overall, he and his wife praise yoga for maintaining their well-being and the high energy levels. In Ryan Giggs case, Hatha yoga has proved a balm for those persistent hamstring injuries,  prolonging a career that has now taken on an  unusual reverse trajectory: a player who with age has suffered less rather than more with injuries.

Can  yoga help me lose weight?

Any style of yoga helps tone, lengthen, and strengthen the muscles, which can contribute to the sculpting of the body, but not necessarily to weight loss. The most obvious physical benefits of yoga include loosening of muscles that have been tightened by inactivity, tension, and stress. Yoga also increases the range of motion of joints, enhances flexibility, and can help correct postural problems that may have resulted from weight gain.

Yoga also offers psychological benefits. Weight gain often brings with it a great deal of harsh self-judgment. Through yoga, this can be counteracted by reconnecting with our bodies and quiet the counterproductive messages that often arise in our minds. Re-engaging in physical activity can also foster a renewed sense of control over our lives, a quality that sometimes diminishes as one’s weight refuses to budge!

On a physiological level, certain styles of yoga can be more appropriate for people who have weight loss as a primary intention. Vinyasa-style class, where movement and breath link poses together, can build heat and potentially result in greater calorie burn. This style of practice can supplement other aerobic exercise that you’re involved in, such as walking, running, biking, or swimming.

Am I too old to take up yoga?

In short, no! One of the most appealing aspects of yoga is its ability to be practiced by people of all ages. In other words, it’s never too late to start studying.  In particular, older practitioners find that there are amazing health benefits to yoga. From lowered blood pressure to regulating cholesterol  levels, yoga helps the body live to its utmost and healthiest potential. In addition, yoga works wonders to alleviate depression, and even increases a general vitality that helps us live more active lives at any age.

Do I have to change my lifestyle to practice yoga?

Again the answer is no! Yoga is not a religion. It doesn’t require that you fast or abstain. You don’t have to become a vegetarian or change your eating patterns. Nor do you have to give up drinking or smoking. However, you might notice that your tastes change after you begin to practice yoga. As you become healthier and more in tune with your body, you MAY feel differently about the impacts overeating, smoking and drinking alcohol have on your body.

I’m pregnant, is it safe for me to do yoga?

Studies have shown that women who exercise (moderately and safely, of course) during pregnancy may feel better during preganancy, labour, and delivery compared with sedentary women. As with any new exercise programme, you should check with your Doctor before you start. Yoga during pregnancy, particularly after the first trimester, does require some special considerations. You should look for a pregnancy yoga or prenatal yoga class. As you get bigger, use more props such as blocks and straps, to help you work  through poses, and use a wall or a chair to help you keep your balance when you’re doing balancing poses.

After delivery you’ll be getting a new and different kind of exercise from bending, lifting, and carrying a baby. But these activities can leave you with stiff muscles and stress, not to mention sleep deprivation. Yoga is one of the best exercises to do after pregnancy because it provides an outlet for the physical and emotional stress associated with caring for a newborn. Whether you want to return to your pre-pregnancy yoga practice or you want to start doing yoga as a way to slim down and start an exercise programme, be sure to ease into your yoga practice and focus on restorative postures. Focus on releasing tension, which will help you deal with the stress of being a new mum.

Can I do yoga as I suffer with mobility problems?

People with mobility difficulties (paraplegia, quadriplegia, osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity or those who are frail and worried about falling or have lower limb injuries) have greater challenges in making active living part of their lives. For those of us with mobility difficulties, being active may sometimes require more planning and organisation. But it’s worth it. Physical activity is key to a good quality of life and offers both short- and long-term health benefits. In order to have a positive experience from your first yoga classes, try a beginner’s level gentle hatha practice. Kripalu, Viniyoga and Integral are good choices because the teachers are trained to work with differing abilities and body types. Chair yoga is also a possibility for those with limited mobility. You should speak to the yoga teacher before your first class to ensure that you are comfortable and the teacher will be prepared to offer modifications and props as necessary. If you do not feel ready for a group class, private yoga sessions maybe the way to go. This can be a great way to learn basic poses and gain the confidence to use props in an effective way before joining a group practice. Becoming knowledgeable about yoga is the best way to ensure that you will feel at ease.

One of the quotes I’ve come across whilst researching this blog is “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” Since yoga is ultimately the connection of body, breath and mind, anyone can do it and everyone can benefit from a well designed practice. So what are you waiting for?! If you  fancy giving it a go, let us help you find a local class!

Nottinghamshire What’s On 4 Me is here!!

August 2, 2011

What’s On 4 Me introduces our latest region and owner, Heather Carroll

“Hi, I’m Heather, the What’s On 4 Me NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Franchisee and it is my mission to bring you all of the local activities, classes and events that are happening around the region.

I’m a single mum, with a beautiful (and headstrong!) 8 year old daughter. When I’m not operating “mum’s taxi” to ferry her to her many clubs and activities, or running three businesses from home, I still try to find some “me” time to meet new people and do the things I enjoy. I love the theatre and am involved in amateur dramatics and I have recently rediscovered Modern Jive dancing, which is very addictive!

Finding local activities and events you would like to take part in can often be difficult and time consuming and this is what inspired me to take on the Nottinghamshire What’s On 4 Me site.

This brand new website from the What’s On 4 family is dedicated to adults of all ages, from all walks of life, with interests as diverse as you can imagine. The website quickly shows the classes, groups, activities and events in NOTTINGHAMSHIRE that YOU can be involved with. Now there’s no excuse not to have a fantastic social life!!

So, why not do a search and find out what you can join in with! You may be very surprised to see What’s On 4 You!

I really hope you enjoy using the site as much as we do and if like me you would like to work from home, have a strong Telesales background and want to create a better work / life balance, then please email me for our list of work-from-home Telesales opportunities.”

Heather Carroll, Nottinghamshire What’s On 4 Me (heather@whatson4me.co.uk)

 

If you’re interested in running What’s On 4 Me in your region and enjoying a work-from-home business, then email me now marilyn@whatson4me.co.uk


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