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Why 5 A Day?

Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It's important that we eat enough of them. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That's five portions…

Why play is important

Playing isn't just fun: it's also the best way for young children to learn. By playing, children can practise all the skills they'll need as they grow up. To grow and develop, children need time and attention from someone who's happy to play with them.  Parents should…

Women and heart disease

Did you know that women are twice as likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer? In the years following the menopause, your risk of getting heart disease rises significantly.  Take this online test to find out how healthy your heart is. And follow these 10 simple steps…

Work out how much weight you need to lose

Use the BMI calculator above to work out how much weight you need to lose before starting the NHS weight loss plan. The BMI tool will tell you if you're in the healthy weight range and, if necessary, how much you need to lose to achieve a healthy…

Worried about your teenager?

It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just "being teens" or whether there is something more serious going on. Many of the symptoms listed below can often be attributed to normal teenage behaviour. However, if you're worried, it can be helpful…

You and your body just after birth

The first few days with your new baby can be a very emotional time for you and your partner. There's a lot to learn and do as new parents. There is the excitement of getting to know your baby, but you will also be tired,…

You said, we did (Local Offer)

What you've told us so far We regularly publish feedback received and on this page can see a selection of recent 'You Said, We Did' reports. We also produce an annual report on the Local Offer and you can see the most recent annual report…

Your baby's health and development reviews

You will be offered regular health and development reviews (health visitor checks) for your baby until they are two. These are to support you and your baby, and make sure their development is on track. The reviews are usually done by your health visitor or…

Your baby's weight and height

Steady weight gain is one of the signs that your baby is healthy and feeding well. It's normal for babies to lose some weight in the first few days after birth. Your baby will be weighed during their first two weeks to make sure they're…

Your medicine cabinet

Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. This list, recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, will help you deal with most minor ailments. Pain relief Antihistamines Oral rehydration salts Anti-diarrhoea tablets Indigestion treatment Sunscreen Your first aid kit Medicine…
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