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Stop smoking: coping with cravings

If you can control your cravings for a cigarette, you'll boost your chances of quitting. The most effective ways to tackle cravings are a combination of stop-smoking medicines and behavioural changes. Going cold turkey may be appealing, and works for some, but research suggests that willpower alone…

Stop smoking: quit making excuses

If you're a smoker, you probably have loads of excuses you use to delay quitting. But are they really justified? Here are seven common excuses and how to overcome them. Excuse 1: 'the damage is done' You might feel that because you smoke, you've already increased your chance…

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Smoking, anxiety and mood Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because…

Strength and Flex exercise plan: week by week

A week-by-week breakdown with links to video clips of the five-week Strength and Flex exercise plan for beginners. Do each podcast at least three times within a week before moving on to the next podcast. Once you've finished the programme, you can keep using podcast…

Strength exercises

Strength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much for a while - these strength exercises are gentle and easy to follow. For the chair-based exercises, choose a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. You…

Student sex

For many students, living away from home for the first time can provide more opportunity than ever before for having sex. It's important you don't feel pressured into having sex and, if you do want to, you practise safer sex.  The organisation Student Beans conducted the Students and Sex 2012…

Students: smoking, alcohol and drugs

Studies show that students are more likely to drink, smoke and take drugs than the general population. Peer pressure, cheap student bars and the freedom of living away from home all contribute to the choices students make. Be aware of the dangers associated with smoking, drinking…

Summer safety for younger children

While it's important to be prepared for any dangers that children might face during the summer, it's also important to let them run around and have fun. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) believes that children's activity and play need to be as safe…

Sun safety advice

Advice for adults and children on sun protection, including: sunscreen clothing eczema  sunburn moles What sun protection factor (SPF) should I use? Sunscreen is not an alternative to covering up with suitable clothing and seeking shade, but it does offer additional protection if applied correctly.…

Sunscreen and sun safety

Advice for adults and children on sunscreen and sun safety in the UK and abroad. Sun safety tips What factor sunscreen (SPF) should I use? What are the SPF and star rating? How to apply sunscreen (video) Swimming and sunscreen  Children and sun protection Protect your eyes  Clothing…
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