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Healthy eating out

Check out our tips to help you make healthier choices when eating out at a restaurant or cafe. Food swaps Some easy swaps you could try: swap pies, bacon and sausages for healthier protein, such as lean cuts of meat, pulses, chicken without the skin, and lean meats like…

Teaching your child everyday skills

When children play, they're learning what they want to learn. Often these will be things you want them to learn, too. Sometimes, though, your child may need some extra help from you to learn the necessary skills they'll need throughout their lives. For example, these skills…

Pregnancy tests: advice for young people

Pregnancy tests detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone in your body. This hormone is called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Find out about when you can do a pregnancy test, and what to do if it's positive. A pregnancy test is the only way to…

Sexual health Q&A

Sex doctor Anne Edwards answers questions on emergency contraception, chlamydia and HIV. I had unprotected sex last night. What should I do? You can get emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill) at pharmacies. Some pharmacies provide free emergency contraception to women of all ages, including…

How your GP can help you lose weight

If you've tried and failed to lose weight, a visit to your GP surgery could help.  Your GP or practice nurse can: assess your general health help identify the cause of your weight gain work out if there are any health issues causing you to put on…

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…

Is your hearing loss getting you down?

Finding it hard to follow conversations can take its toll on relationships, which is one reason why taking action to tackle your hearing loss is important. Despite the fact that deafness can be socially isolating, it can take up to 10 years for people who…

Why we should sit less

We all know we need to be more active, but there is increasing evidence that we also need to spend less time sitting down. Get tips on reducing sitting time for: children aged under 5  young people adults older adults To reduce our risk of…

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,…
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