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HEALTH Help nearly-well become whole again Nowadays people are generally not in hospital for long. Even a major operation only earns you a few days’ stay in one of their beds. With almost embarrassing enthusiasm they get you out of bed, walk you up and down the ward and duly announce that you’re ‘well enough to go home’. Visiting the recovering sick is a simple art. <strong>The</strong>y want to be told how well they look, how bravely they’ve endured their treatment, and how good it is to see them about to return to the normal business of life. <strong>The</strong>y’d like to be brought up to date on the local news and gossip, of course. Often, they value a little prayer of thanksgiving for recovery. Gratitude is never inappropriate! A spell in hospital reminds us how ‘shut off’ patients tend to be, even in the very best institutions. Those who have recently experienced it are well placed to remind the rest of us that friends and fellow church members in hospital are not transferred to another planet. <strong>The</strong>y may not expect frequent visits from those who are not close friends or family, but it’s often quite easy to pick up the phone and speak to them on the ward — the sort of contact we would have with them at home. <strong>The</strong> same kind of simple contact can work very well when they are eventually back home — a brief call simply enquiring if everything’s OK, with perhaps the offer of practical help with shopping, for instance, or a lift to the GP surgery. Thus, the nearly-well become the completely whole! 500 steps to a healthy heart A recent study suggests that every extra 500 steps you take each day may be lowering the risk of heart issues by 14%. To put it another way, the study found that adults who took fewer than 2,000 steps a day were 77% more likely to experience a cardiovascular event in the following 3 years than those who took about 4,500 steps a day. 'We were surprised to find that every additional quarter of a mile, or 500 steps, of walking had such a strong benefit to heart health,' said a professor of epidemiology at the University of Alabama. 'While we do not want to diminish the importance of higher intensity physical activity, encouraging small increases in the number of daily steps also has significant cardiovascular benefits'. Go to work on an egg! Eating more protein can help prevent your midlife spread, partly by suppressing your appetite. A recent study has found that people eat 210 calories more per day than when they are on a low-protein diet. Yet most of us aren’t eating enough protein. A study from the University of Sheffield found less than half of over- 65s studied met the official UK reference nutrient intake (RNI) of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram (2.2lb) of their body weight per day – or about 50g a day for a 10st person. Adding an egg, smoked salmon, authentic Greek yogurt, nuts, or half a can of beans on two slices of wholewheat toast and a 250ml glass of milk, can all help. History Was it really . . . 400 years ago, on 19 <strong>June</strong> 1623 that Blaise Pascal was born. This French mathematician, physicist, inventor, theologian, and philosopher invented one of the first mechanical calculators in the early 1640s. Image: Wikipedia <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 37 . . . 300 YEARS AGO on 16 <strong>June</strong> 1723 that Adam Smith was born. <strong>The</strong> ‘Father of Economics’, this Scottish economist and philosopher is best known for his book <strong>The</strong> Wealth of Nations, the first modern work on economics. . . . 150 YEARS AGO on 5 <strong>June</strong> 1873 that the great slave market in Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) was closed after Britain issued Sultan Barghash bin Said with an ultimatum to close it or face a blockade. . . . 125 YEARS AGO on 9 <strong>June</strong> 1898 that Britain leased Hong Kong from China for 99 years and it became a British Crown Colony. It was transferred back to China in 1997. . . . 75 YEARS AGO on 21<strong>June</strong> 1948 that HMT Empire Windrush docked in London with the first large group of immigrants from the West Indies. . . . ALSO 75 YEARS AGO, from 24 <strong>June</strong> 1948 to 12 May 1949 that the Berlin blockade and airlift took place. <strong>The</strong> Soviet Union began a rail, road and canal blockade of Berlin, cutting off all routes between West Germany and West Berlin. <strong>The</strong> Allies launched a massive airlift with over 200,000 flights to take in nearly 9,000 tons of supplies each day. . . . 70 YEARS AGO on 2 <strong>June</strong> 1953 that the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey took place. It was the first event where the British TV audience (20 million) was greater than the radio audience (12 million). . . . 65 YEARS AGO on 9 <strong>June</strong> 1958 that London’s Gatwick Airport was officially opened. . . . 50 YEARS AGO from 16 — 25 <strong>June</strong> 1973 that Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev visited Washington DC and said that the Cold War was over as far as the Soviet Union was concerned. He and President Richard Nixon signed a major accord on arms limitation and the prevention of nuclear war. . . . 25 YEARS AGO on 11 <strong>June</strong> 1998 that the UN declared an official famine in Sudan. About 250,000 people were saved by international aid, but up to 100,000 died in South Sudan . . . 20 YEARS AGO on 20 <strong>June</strong> 2003 that the Wikimedia Foundation was founded in Florida.