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Why should I have an NHS Health Check?

Think of the NHS Health Check as a midlife MOT. It's not only an opportunity to put right emerging problems, but to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active in the future. The NHS Health Check is based on the best scientific evidence…

Choosing care services

Choosing your care services can be a daunting prospect. There are many care options available, but which kind of support is right for you? Think about what you get most out of in life. You may have particular interests that you want to keep up,…

Services and support for parents

NHS services for new parents Local authority services for parents Local advice centres Websites, helplines and other support for parents Parent and baby groups             NHS services for new parents Registering your baby with a GP Register your baby with your…

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…

Preventing hay fever

Hay fever affects around one in four people in the UK. Maureen Jenkins, Clinical Director of Allergy UK, offers some tips on avoiding the causes and reducing your symptoms. "The main triggers of hay fever are tree and grass pollen," says Maureen. "Pollen from weeds and shrubs can also…

10 tips to beat insomnia

Simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference to your quality of sleep. Follow these 10 tips for a more restful night. 1. Keep regular sleep hours Going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time every day will programme your body to sleep better.…

Student mental health

Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. But it's not just students who have a diagnosed mental health condition that can benefit from counselling. Alan Percy, head of counselling at the University of Oxford, says: "A lot of difficulties are not…

How does sugar in our diet affect our health?

Eating too much sugar can make you gain weight and can also cause tooth decay. The type of sugars most adults and children in the UK eat too much of are "free sugars". These are: Any sugars added to food or drinks. These include sugars in biscuits, chocolate,…

5 A Day and your family

Do you cook and shop for a family household, including a fussy eater or two? It's easier than you might think to ensure everyone gets five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. There are many ways to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your family's…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…
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