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How To Reset Your Saving Habits

Struggling to save money when you know that you should? Understanding your deep-rooted money habits and taking simple steps to shift your mindset could turn you from splurger to savvy saver. Are you an emotional spender? Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes with their tags still on, a salary that seems to disappear…
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8 Quick Ways You Can Stop Over-Spending

Whether you’re an impulse buyer or have a vice that’s draining your funds, there are ways to tackle mindless spending. Personal finance expert Emma Lunn gives her advice for saving. One in three people don’t save any money at all during the course of a year, according to statistics from 2018. That means not saving…
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What You Should Know About Blood Cancer

Every 14 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer yet many of us are unaware of this disease and its different varieties, its symptoms, how it’s diagnosed or if it is treatable. Here health writer Rosalind Ryan shares the facts about the disease. Most of us have heard of breast, prostrate, lung…
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Fast Fixes For Work Health Glitches

Your work environment can trigger all sorts of health problems, from backaches and itchy eyes, to headaches and heartburn. Here, our experts offer solutions to help you navigate those bothersome work health glitches. 1. Heartburn and rumbling tummy during a meeting? The Glitch Eating slumped al-desko or munching on the go, coupled with stress, can…
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How To Be More Mindful With Money

With many of us applying the art of mindfulness in various areas of our lives, here’s why we should be spending – and saving – more consciously, too… On any given day, you’re likely to be bombarded with many triggers to spend money. Whether it’s an inbox overflowing with discount codes and special offers, targeted…
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7 Picturesque UK Parkruns To Try This Autumn

Whether you’ve never tried a parkrun before or you’re looking for a new route to explore, travel editor Angelica Malin chooses some of the most beautiful places to run as the season changes. With cooler temperatures and seasonal beauty, autumn is a great time to take part in parkrun – the free, 5km timed runs…
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Start Afresh With These 6 Small Clean-Slate Habits

Need a health reboot? According to bestselling authors and health experts, these 6 smart habits will help you feel refreshed and re-energised. These top tips will help you get big results from small changes to everyday health and lifestyle habits. Your health 1. Ruby Tandoh: Take pleasure in your food ‘Clean eating’, ‘cheat days’ and…
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A Beginner’s Guide To Training For A Triathlon

Sports coach to the stars Greg Whyte believes that anyone can complete a triathlon. Here, he offers his expert advice for people looking to get started with the growing sport. Triathlon is a multi-sport endurance race consisting of swimming, cycling and running. Despite its elite reputation, it has become something of a trend in recent…
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Plum Clafoutis

“If you can make a Yorkshire pud, you can make this heavenly plum pud,” says Prue Leith. “If you can get hold of damsons, so much the better, but cherries, greengages, peaches and apricots are all delicious too.” Serves: 4–6 Ingredients:  For the pudding: 1 tsp vanilla extract 150ml milk 100ml double cream 4 medium…
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How To Protect Yourself From Sun Damage

Did you know that sunburn can double your risk of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer? Vitality Health GP Dr Dawn Richards explains how to protect yourself from sun damage this season… Seek shade and cover up That’s right – the recent guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence…
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5 signs you’re not drinking enough water

One challenge during hot weather is ensuring that we drink enough fluids. Writer Rae Ritchie investigates the warning signs of dehydration – and asks the experts what we can do to prevent it. It’s not just gardens that wilt when a heatwave hits: a massive 89% of people in the UK aren’t drinking enough water…
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The Power Of Three: Your Full-Body Outdoor Workout

Trainer Emily Cole shares her ultimate full-body outdoor workout using three key pieces of kit that will transform your session. With temperatures soaring, there’s still time to head outside and exercise in the great outdoors – whether it’s your local park, common or in the garden. If you want to give your exercise session the…
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Quick And Easy Family Snacks

When hunger calls, make these vibrant Disney-inspired bites a favourite for all the family. With these easy family snacks, eating and drinking healthily has never been so much fun. Whether you’re making Maui’s delicious rainbow toasts or Mickey’s fruity fusion waters, get creative with your whole family and reap the tasty benefits. Go on –…
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5 Hacks To Protect Against Insect Bites

With temperatures rising, health writer Jennifer Cawley asks the experts for five savvy ways to protect against irritating insect bites – and what to do when you get bitten. This summer continues to be a busy one for bugs, with the NHS reporting double the usual amount of bite-related calls to its helpline. Topping the…
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The Facts About Inflammation

Chronic inflammation may increase our risk of developing conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s. We ask nutritional experts to explain the science behind inflammation and whether foods can have anti-inflammatory effects. Confused about inflammation? You’re not alone. It’s worth getting clued up as researchers are beginning to find direct links between chronic inflammation and long-term…
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7 ways to garden yourself to better health

From air-purifying plants to money-saving grow-your-own, Shawna Coronado, gardening expert and author of The Wellness Garden, shares seven easy ways you can boost your health with gardening We already know that gardening is good for us but new research is proving that it can improve more than our mood. In Shawna’s book she discusses tools…
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Family-Friendly Fitness Classes You Need To Try

Exercising as a family helps you all stay happy, healthy and active. Here are some great family fitness ideas to get you moving – together. Exercise is important for your family. It boasts a whole host of benefits such as better general health, a stronger body and higher levels of self-esteem. Plus, regular family activities…
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How To Avoid Summer Burnout

Vitality coach and positive psychology practitioner Melissa Britton explains how to spot the early warning signs of “burnout” and offers tips for tackling the stress-related syndrome. The term “burnout” made headlines in 2019 after the World Health Organization officially recognised it as a “syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been…
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11 Free Family-Fun Things To Do This Summer

On average, parents spend over £600 on summer activities for their children, but family fun needn’t break the bank. Here are 11 free events happening across the UK that are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained and active throughout the holidays The summer holidays are for family fun and bonding, but six weeks can often…
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Seasonal Foods To Try This Summer

Great British Chef Martin Wishart recommends the healthy summer ingredients that will spice up your home-cooked meals and explains why seasonal foods are always best. Eating seasonal products can transform your everyday dishes and open up new flavour possibilities. To help you select the best produce and inspire you to try something different this summer,…
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3 Alcohol-Free Cocktails To Sip At Your Next BBQ

We ask chef and author Clare Liardet more about ‘mindful drinking’, and she shares three of her favourite summery alcohol-free drinks. A non-alcoholic, veg-packed Bloody Mary might not be everyone’s choice of tipple, but with one in five of us in the UK now teetotal and many more of us trying to cut down, the…
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3 Vegan BBQ Recipes To Try This Summer

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or a Meat Free Monday fan, these tasty vegan BBQ recipes from Katy Beskow are sure to tempt everyone. Katy is an author and food writer who started her blog, Little Miss Meat-Free, back in 2013 in a bid to share her recipes and ideas for cooking more creatively without meat…
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What Are The Real Benefits Of Playing Sport?

Did you know that playing sport keeps your brain sharp and your self-esteem high? Health writer Amy Bonifas explores the latest science behind why sport is so good for us – and which sports have the biggest health benefits. The past few weeks have been a dream for sport fanatics – from the hype around…
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Netball Focus: The Vitality Roses Are Rising

Having struck gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, performed superbly in January’s Vitality Netball International Quad Series and won two BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, the Vitality Roses were also in fine form at the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool. We talk to some of the players, who reveal how they and…
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How to Stay Healthy While Travelling

Whether you’re planning a week in the Bahamas or a weekend in Devon, the summer holidays are a great time to relax and unwind from the stresses of day-to-day life. With breakfast buffets, daily happy hours and long days lounging on the beach however, a summer holiday can often wreak havoc on your diet or…
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Make Your Own Rainbow hummus

Here’s a twist on your favourite dip with four deliciously colourful flavours. Hummus is a great protein-rich snack, made even healthier with the addition of seasonal veg – choose from red pepper, green peas, beetroot, and carrot – in these four vibrant recipes.   Ingredients:  For the hummus: 1 cup chickpeas, cooked 1 clove…
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How To Make: Crispy Baked Avocado Fries

We’re dressing up our favourite green fruit with a recipe for healthy avocado fries. Whether you’re already flying the vegan flag or just want to try a tasty vegan treat, these crispy avocado fries made with panko breadcrumbs and spices are the perfect go-to snack. Serves 4 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients:  2 large avocados,…
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Chocolate Coconut Date Bars

Swap your afternoon choccie bar for these chocolate coconut date bars. As well as being refined sugar-free, they contain sunflower seeds for an extra hit of vitamins and minerals. Makes: 16 bars Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: None Ingredients: 360g medjool dates, pitted 100g cacao powder 60g desiccated coconut, plus extra to sprinkle 30g…
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Madeleine Shaw’s Raw Chocolate Orange Bites

These delicious chocolate orange nibbles are made with cacao butter and raw cacao powder – a good source of energy-boosting magnesium. They’re made even more delicious with zesty orange and a pinch of salt. Makes: 12 Cook time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 90g cacao butter 60g raw cacao powder 60g honey or maple syrup 1 large…
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The Ultimate Fat-Burning Swim Workout

Want to burn mega calories and tone up your whole body?  Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds shares must-try swimming exercises to recharge your routine. Unlike running and cycling, swimming targets every muscle group, giving you a full body workout. If weight loss is your goal, you can burn a whopping 500 calories for just one hour…
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A Guide To Eye Health: Are Your Eyes Healthy?

With one in five of us facing sight loss at some point in life, looking after your eyes has never been more important. Health writer Helen Foster answers the biggest eye health questions. A report published for last year’s National Eye Health Week found that 250 people in the UK start to lose their sight…
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Air Pollution: Should I Be Worried?

Air pollution is now at record levels nationwide. Health journalist Rosalind Ryan investigates how air pollution could be harming your health, with practical tips to protect yourself. We’re used to seeing pictures of smog-filled foreign cities such as Beijing, but the UK doesn’t need to worry about air pollution – right? Wrong. A recent survey…
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7 Ways To Combat Loneliness

Have you heard that loneliness is now considered a major public health risk? Health journalist Carole Beck finds out how we can combat loneliness and how we can re-connect. Around 9 million people in the UK say they often feel lonely, but loneliness isn’t just about our emotional health. It’s now considered a public health…
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4 deliciously different picnic ideas

Sausages and sandwiches are great, but if you want to bring something different to your next picnic party, look no further than these tasty bites. From fresh avocado salads to sweet peanut butter squares, our picnic recipes are simple to create and easy to transport. 1. Cheesy ham and asparagus stratas These savoury muffins are a…
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6 Brilliant Benefits of Swimming

As well as helping with fitness and weight loss, a regular swim in your local pool can boost your mental health and sex life. Swimming is well-known as a low-impact exercise that can give your entire body a workout. It can also help you to shape up and feel less stressed. However, that’s just scratching…
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The Less-Stress Guide: How Men Can Reduce Stress

Mick Gillingham, Clinical Director of VitalityHealth partner CBT Services, offers suggestions on how men can reduce stress. In my job as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, I see a range of people from all walks of life who are clearly suffering from different levels of stress. These clients are usually with me for a number of…
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Wondering How To Remortgage Your Home?

From mastering rates to mortgage protection – here’s our advice for making the remortgaging process as smooth as possible. It might feel like yet another chore, but remortgaging every few years (especially when your current fixed or variable rate deal comes to an end) is one of the fastest ways to save thousands of pounds.…
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Have I Got Diabetes?

There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK – and many are undiagnosed. Vitality’s Head of Clinical Services, GP Dr Dawn Richards, explains everything you need to know about diabetes… What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where the level of glucose in your blood is too high because your body doesn’t…
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Carrot And Courgette Laksa

Curries are great for packing in nutrient-rich vegetables. Carrots are a rich and widely available source of beta-carotene, but you could easily use grated sweet potato or butternut squash for similar nutrient and health properties.  Serves: 4 (with leftovers) Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 600ml water 1 vegetable stock cube 1…
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Baked Rainbow Chard With Apricot And Walnuts

Rainbow chard is packed with vitamin K and magnesium, which are both essential for bone health, as well as antioxidant-rich phytochemicals like betalain. This dish combines the sweet flavour of stone fruit and chard’s bitter compounds perfectly.  Serves: 2 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 40g walnuts, whole or halved 1 red…
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Do You Know These Early Signs Of Dementia?

One in six people over 80 years old will experience dementia, but it isn’t just about memory loss. Health journalist Carole Beck discovers what to look out for. Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and it’s overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales. But there’s still a…
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