Posts byRhylan Johnson

5 ways women can protect their health

Women are often so busy and eager to look after everyone else that sometimes they forget to make time to look after themselves. However, there are certain key steps all women should take to make sure they stay healthy for years to come – and that includes keeping an eye out for health issues that are…
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True or false? Drinking myths debunked

Where there’s drinking, there are drinking myths. We’ve taken a magnifying glass to the pre-drinking rituals that people swear by, to help keep you informed on how to drink responsibly. Beer before wine and you’ll be fine The phrase “beer before wine and you’ll feel fine, wine before beer will leave you feeling queer” (or…
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4 ways men can look after their health

Men are notorious for putting off going to see the doctor, even when they know their symptoms warrant investigation. Indeed, several studies, including one by the National Pharmacy Association in 2012, have found that men are in fact far more reluctant than women to see a doctor or pharmacist in regards to health concerns. (more…)
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Is it a cold or is it the flu?

It’s the season for colds and flu, as homes, schools and offices around the country begin to resonate with the sounds of coughing, hacking, sneezing and sniffing. But when you or a family member wake up with symptoms of a bug, how do you know whether that icky feeling is due to a cold or the…
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Sun safety FAQs

Despite the running joke about how bad the British summer is (yes, there is such a thing!), occasionally the sun does grace us with its presence. Even if the temperatures don’t reach the heady highs of the continent, the sun is still powerful enough to do long lasting damage to skin, especially children’s that is…
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What you need to know about blood pressure

Alison Freemantle, from Vitality partner LloydsPharmacy, explains why it’s vital to have your blood pressure checked.  Does high blood pressure have symptoms? There are no symptoms with high blood pressure. Some people get occasional headaches, but otherwise there are no signs or clues that you have this condition – even though it can potentially lead to a…
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Could cognitive behavioural therapy help you?

Our happiness is influenced by the way we think and behave. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) improves our wellbeing by teaching us new ways to deal with everyday problems. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy aims to help people overcome a range of common mental wellbeing problems. CBT expert Antony Brown from VitalityHealth partner CBT Services explains how it works and…
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Are you depressed?

For something that up to 10 per cent of people in England will experience in their lifetime, depression, and mental health overall, is still an area that we don’t understand. We asked Clinical Lead of VitalityHealth partner CBT Services, Brendan Street, for some answers. I’m feeling really down today. Does that mean I’m depressed? “Sadness…
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Strategies to help manage depression

In his first piece, Clinical Lead of VitalityHealth partner CBT Services, Brendan Street, explained what the symptoms and causes of depression could be. Here, he provides us with advice on how to help manage depression. The first step to overcoming your depression is recognising that you have it. After this, it is generally advised that…
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Running guide: How to prepare for a run

Whether you’re taking part in a local running event, such as Vitality partner parkrun, or are currently in training for a Vitality Run Series event, these tips from running expert, co-founder and coach of Yelling Performance, Martin Yelling, should help you reach your personal best. Read what to eat, how to make sure you’re properly equipped and what you should…
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The ten best ski resorts by train

Ever thought about taking the train to the mountains this winter?  Catch the Eurostar to Paris or Geneva and take a connection to the alps this ski season! Here, ski writer and founder of Snowcarbon, Daniel Elkan, has given us his top destination tips. Best for beginners: Montgenevre, France Situated right on the Italian border,…
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4 ways to cut back on drinking

The last Office for National Statistics General Lifestyle Survey found that, on their heaviest drinking day in the previous week, 34 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women exceeded the government recommended maximum of four units a day for men and three for women. Whether you’re thinking about taking some time off the…
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10 ways to improve your health at work

From stiffness and back pain to headaches and eyestrain, being stuck at a desk all day can seriously impact your health. Fortunately, there are ways you can combat these issues without even leaving your desk. How to improve your physical activity at work Exercise is key for keeping your body functioning well and burning calories…
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Are electronic cigarettes better for you?

Although they have been around for over 10 years, e-cigarette usage has exploded in recent times, with there now an estimated 2.1 million users in the UK alone. More and more people are looking for a seemingly healthier alternative to the staple cigarette, but are e-cigarettes actually any better for you than the tobacco versions…
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Telemedicine: the future of the GP

Texting your symptoms to a GP, sending them a picture of that abnormality, and talking to them on the phone directly, all from the comfort of your own home? Having a video call with a doctor is no longer the stuff of sci-fi movies, and the potential of telemedicine is huge – helping users get…
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How to keep your kids healthy

Public Health England estimates that almost a quarter of under-10s are obese or overweight in the UK, rising to one-in-three for 11 to 15-year-olds. A new paper published by The Lancet calls for more to be done to stem these rising levels of obesity but parents can also keep their children at healthier weights. Here…
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Picture-perfect posture: why it’s important

Everyone aspires to having perfect posture – after all, we’ve all heard the saying that standing up straight is the quickest way to make yourself look thinner. And no one can deny that clothes tend to hang better on an upright, evenly balanced figure. However, did you know that your posture also plays a vital…
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Migraines: what triggers them?

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you’ll be all too aware of how disruptive the symptoms can be to your everyday life. More than just a simple headache, migraine is a chronic condition that causes severe, often throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. It is sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and…
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How to treat or minimise back pain

Simon Cabot, a physiotherapist and back specialist with Vitality partner Nuffield Health, believes the solution to chronic back pain is available to all of us. It’s simply: keep moving. Stats show that four out of five adults will experience back pain at some stage… and we give you tips how to not be one of…
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How much salt are you eating?

You may be surprised, but that bowl of Special K you had this morning had 11 per cent of your recommended amount of salt in it. That’s an awful lot before you’ve even left the house in the morning. Salt in small quantities isn’t bad for you, but with the average UK adult consuming a…
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