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Friday, 30 October 2015 14:48

From Spooky to Super Food

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A pumpkin is not just for Halloween, it’s for long term health! Don’t be fooled by its spooky reputation – it’s actually one of the most nutritious fruits available.

The pumpkin is a large orange fruit harvested in October. Traditionally it is used to make soup, pie and breads, however it is being increasingly used as a holiday decoration for Halloween. The tradition of a carving pumpkin and adding a candle to make a ‘jack-o’-lantern’ originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland and has been popularised by American culture.

This versatile plant has a lot more to offer than a seasonal lantern, it features flowers, seeds and flesh that are high in fiber and a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. Here are some surprising facts about the health benefits of pumpkins :-

Legacy WM has been working with older Asian women in the Handsworth and Lozells area of Birmingham, to engage them in physical activity and healthy cooking workshops, as a way of preventing social isolation, improving their health and well-being.

The ‘Women Can’, project was developed as a result of research into the health of local people which revealed that life expectancy 8 years is less for women than other parts of the city.

Thursday, 08 October 2015 20:35

Soho Stoptober Challenge

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Many people within the Handsworth community will be relaxing at the weekend with their family or friends in one the new shisha lounges – the unofficial ‘halal’ nightclubs.

Shisha smoking – also called hookah, narghile, waterpipe, or hubble bubble smoking – is a way of smoking tobacco mixed with fruit or molasses, through a glass-bottomed water pipe.