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April 2017: UK Limb Loss Awareness Month

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    April 2017 is UK Limb Loss Awareness Month. Here, Ben Lees looks at the purpose of the initiative and the social media campaign that is being run alongside it. 

    By Ben Lees

April 2017 is the UK’s first National Limb Loss Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increasing awareness of limb loss and limb difference, as well as supporting members of the limb loss community to regain their independence.

Limb Loss Awareness Month

This is the first awareness month of its kind in the UK, and has come following a similar initiative in the USA organised by the Amputee Coalition. The awareness month will focus largely on the difficulties faced by many of those living with limb differences in everyday life. Although encouraging people to become involved sport and physical activities is of course important, the focus will also be on providing general tips on keeping active at home, work and even school.

For example, Reach, an organisation that provides resources, support and practical information for those with limb differences, is running a social media campaign. The #GetMoving campaign is intended to raise awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of engaging in physical activity, whether that be in terms of a sport or simply moving around in the office or home.

Keeping active

Limb Power, a charity which aims to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation, has set out some useful tips for people to follow to get moving, wherever they are:

At home:

  • Get cleaning! Do a little each day as a form of exercise, rather than saving it all for the weekend.
  • Don’t just sit on the sofa. During TV breaks, try stretching and moving or walking rather than just sitting still.
  • Be more active. Whether it’s walking on the spot when you’re brushing your teeth, or walking backwards and sideways around the kitchen whilst making dinner, any movement is better than nothing!
  • Time to brew up! Rather than waiting for someone else to make you a cup of tea, get up and make your own.
  • Get outdoors. Try and get some fresh air every day.

At the office:

  • Stand up as much as possible – perhaps during phone calls if you can
  • Set an alarm to remind you to stand up every 30 minutes. This will encourage you to move, which is much better for your back.
  • Make the most of your leg and core muscles. Try to resist pushing yourself up with your hands when you stand up or sit down and use your leg and core muscles to do the bulk of the work instead.
  • Wherever possible use the stairs instead of the lift – it’s so much better for you!
  • Don’t just eat! Lunch hours can be used for much more than eating. Try and get outside for some air – chances are you will come back to your desk feeling refreshed.

Kiera Roche – CEO of LimbPower, had the following to say about the campaign:

“This is not a new idea; the Amputee Coalition of America have been running the campaign for many years. We can all see the potential benefit to our community of raising awareness about being more active. Recently we have seen the charities working much more closely and campaigns such as this have a real chance of raising awareness and supporting our community with useful information and resources to help them build their independence. When we work together we can achieve so much more. It’s going to be an exciting month and we look forward to the feedback.” 

#GetMoving will be promoted across social media and other online platforms, with Reach charity running a series of infographics inspiring individuals to move more during their day.

We work closely with those affected by the loss or significant impairment of a limb and are proud supporters of limb loss charities and the amazing work that they do. We are looking forward to following the campaign and will be helping to spread the word as much as we can.

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