Choosing the healthy option

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FEELING sorry for yourself when unwell is something we all occasionally indulge in.

But when that moment passes and becomes a worry about your health, it’s time to take action.

The key is what action to take.

It seems too many people go straight to the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital instead of checking with a local pharmacy for advice or going to see a GP.

Which means A&Es are becoming swamped with people who could be treated elsewhere and that spells trouble for those who need expert care quickly. The message is to think twice before resorting to the emergency option, particularly as winter approaches.

Many common bugs can be treated at home while GP surgeries open longer and advice can be given over the phone.

So weigh up your options and make the right choice – the healthy option.

Driving home the safety message

KNOWN as a superb, extremely fast and agile car, the Subaru Impreza seems an unusual choice for a safety campaign.

But enthusiasts need to know that, like any fast car, it can be a lethal weapon if misused.

That’s why the ‘Scooby’ is an inspired choice by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership to drive home the road safety message.

Cynics who dismiss the scheme as a costly gimmick are missing the point.

This car, with its hi-tech systems, speaks the language young drivers understand.

If that’s what it takes to make them listen to sound advice about the dangers of motoring, let’s go for it, as they say.

Never forget that, for the families of the 26 young people killed on our roads in the first six months of the year, there won’t be any cause for festivity.

Tips just the job

THE number of young people out of work reached a record high of almost one million last month, so it is more vital than ever to listen to job hunting advice, especially when schools are losing their work experience programmes.

Teenagers across Sheffield have been learning a few tricks of the career-hunting trade at employability skills workshops for sixth formers.

Expert Faye Smith’s top tips for young people on job hunting include having a cracking CV, looking smart and being enthusiastic.

All common sense, of course, but well worth listening to if you want to get on the first rung of the career ladder.