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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…

Heroin addiction: get help

If you're addicted to heroin and you want to stop, you can ask your GP or local drug treatment service for help. As someone with a drug addiction you are entitled to the same confidential NHS care as anyone else who has a health problem.…

10 myths about flu and the flu vaccine

There are many myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccine. Here are 10 common flu myths and the truth behind them. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk". This page covers: Flu is just like having a heavy cold The…

Find your next challenge

Enter the first part of your postcode in the search box above to find a running, cycling or swimming event near you. The box, powered by Find A Race, sorts through thousands of events nationwide to help you find your next challenge. Article provided by NHS…

Christmas on your own

Ideas for getting into the festive spirit and keeping healthy if you're on your own over Christmas. If you're on your own over the Christmas break, there's plenty you can do to get into the festive cheer. With these tips from Mind and a bit…

Coping with cyberbullying

Cyberbullying involves using technology to bully people. It can include texting, instant messaging, and posting on social media and gaming websites. Coping with cyberbullying can be difficult because it can happen at any time of the day. To make matters worse, bullying messages and images can be shared…

Easy exercises

Low-impact exercises can improve your health and fitness without harming your joints. Research suggests moderate-intensity, low-impact activity, such as yoga and fast walking, is just as effective as high-impact activity, such as running, in lowering the risk of heart disease. Here are some popular low-impact activities.…

Support groups for disfigurement

There are lots of groups that can offer support, information and advice on specific conditions that can cause disfigurement. Below are some examples, but the list is by no means exhaustive. Acoustic neuroma support British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA) BANA offers mutual support and information to people affected by…

Pain and your emotions

If you have long-term pain you may be anxious about what it means, how long it will last and how much it interferes with your daily life. This can mean you dwell on the pain and it can start to take control of the way you live…

5 A Day FAQs

Do you have a question about 5 A Day? We answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Does the fruit and veg have to be fresh? How much is one portion of fruit for adults? How much is one portion of vegetables for adults? Do potatoes…
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