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How to involve your child in being healthy

Children are more likely to keep to a healthy lifestyle if it's made fun for them. Here are some ideas for how to help them prepare, and even cook, their own meals and choose activities they enjoy. As a general rule, children should aim to include in…

How to keep your teeth clean

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about two minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don't brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque building up. Try to…

How to look after your feet if you have diabetes

It's especially important to look after your feet if you have diabetes. Here's how to take care of your feet and advice on when to get professional help. Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling known as peripheral neuropathy.…

How to look after your heart

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK's biggest killer, causing around 73,000 deaths every year. That's an average of 200 people every day, or one every seven minutes. Almost 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women die from coronary heart disease, but things could be very…

How to prepare and cook food safely

Find out how to prepare, cook and store food correctly to minimise the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli.    This page covers: Washing hands Storing and preparing meat Cooking meat Cooking meat on a barbecue Acrylamide in starchy food  Washing fruit and vegetables Washing hands…

How to prevent germs from spreading

Germs can be spread from person to person or by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. To stop the spread of germs, focus your efforts on cleaning areas in the house where germs are more likely to spread, such as the kitchen and toilet. Use either…

How to run correctly

Good running technique can help reduce your risk of injury and make your runs feel less tiring and more enjoyable. Mitchell Phillips, director of running experts StrideUK, shares his basic tips to help you run relaxed and efficiently. Keep your head straight Look straight ahead of…

How to sit correctly

If your work involves sitting a lot and using a computer, here are some tips to help you sit correctly. Support your back You can reduce your risk of back pain by adjusting your chair so your lower back is properly supported. A correctly adjusted chair will…

How to spot child sexual exploitation

Each year in England thousands of children and young people are raped or sexually abused. This includes children who have been abducted and trafficked, or beaten, threatened or bribed into having sex. Media coverage of police investigations into the crimes of Jimmy Savile and other…

How to stay motivated

More tips from real-life slimmers Keep a photo diary From Carrie Sorrell, 20, from Hertfordshire. Lost 28kg (four and a half stone). "I asked my partner to take photographs of me in my underwear and kept a photo diary. It meant I could see what…
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