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How To Resist The Lure of Sugary Treats

Nutritionist Fiona Hunter gives her indispensable advice on the healthier alternatives to sugary treats, with tips to help you beat your sweet cravings. With the news full of stories covering the negative affects of sugar – from links to weight gain and heart disease to how addictive it can be – we ask nutritionist Fiona…
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7 Ways For Couples To Save Smart

We explore the ways that you can save as a couple, whatever stage your relationship is at. Research by leading relationships charity, Relate, has shown that money worries are top of the list of relationship strains experienced by couples in the UK today, with over a quarter of UK adults (26%) blaming financial pressures for…
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What Are The Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer?

We chat to Doctor Ali Hasan about the prostate cancer symptoms to be aware of and the steps you should take if you want to find out more… According to Cancer Research UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer for males in the UK, accounting for one in four new cancer cases in men…
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What Is A Health Screening And Why Is It Important?

The NHS offer a health check to people aged 40-74 every five years, so are private health screenings worth it? For anyone outside that age bracket, or for those who want to monitor their health on a more regular basis, could a private health screening be a viable option? We find out. Health screenings could…
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10 ways to keep your skin happy this winter

Very dry skin? Chapped lips? Health writer Helen Foster asks the experts for the latest skin advice for men and women this winter. Cosy nights in and crisp, cold days – there’s a lot to love about winter. But your skin isn’t always as happy with the change in season. “One of the biggest challenges…
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How Do I Know If I’m Drinking Too Much?

It’s that time of year when our diaries start to fill with Christmas parties and festive drinks. But how do you know if you’re overdoing it? We speak to Drink Aware expert, Andrew Russell, about why the festive season can mean you drink more and how to keep it in check. It’s no surprise that…
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4 Delicious Ways To Use Your Halloween Pumpkin

Decorating a pumpkin for Halloween but unsure what to do with your leftovers? Or just fancy trying out some new recipes? Food blogger Safrina Nishad has four quick and easy ideas. When pumpkin carving or decorating, avoid food waste by using every part from the pulp to the seeds – it’s packed with fibre and…
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Want To Go Alcohol-Free? Here’s How

Ready to change your drinking habits or just want to give yourself the freedom to say ‘no’? Club Soda co-founder and leading voice in the Mindful Drinking Movement, Laura Willoughby is here to inspire you. As a nation we’re drinking much less compared to ten years ago, and by 2030 it’s predicted that more than…
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3 Easy Mocktail Recipes To Try At Home

Whether you’re a teetotaller or simply trying to cut back on your alcohol intake this party season, Cocktail Kate’s shaken up three delicious mocktails that are perfect for any festive season occasion… The festive season is just around the corner and with that comes an influx of parties, socialising and generous amounts of drinking… But…
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5 ways you can age-proof your brain

Our lifestyle choices could have a huge effect on our brain’s abilities and sharpness. Here’s how to keep yours younger for longer. Did you know that your brain shrinks as you age? It does so at the rate of roughly 5% per decade after the age of 40. But while this is a perfectly natural part…
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Why you need to start taking care of your bones now

Whether you’re 25 or 75, it’s important to think about your bone health to reduce your risk of osteoporosis, as health writer Helen Foster discovers Three million people in the UK have osteoporosis and the condition is on the rise. But, taking care of your joints and bones now will hugely reduce your risk and…
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What Is Menopause And What Does It Do To Your Body?

We find out why it’s essential to be more open about menopause and get answers to our biggest menopause questions from Vitality’s Medical Affairs Director and former GP, Dr Dawn Richards… The menopause is a natural part of the female life cycle. However, it’s only in very recent years that women have started discussing the…
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Cook Like Prue: 3 Of Her Favourite Healthy Recipes

Love Great British Bake Off? Want to channel your inner Prue in the kitchen? The cooking legend shares her healthy tips for creating deliciously colourful dishes for lunch, dinner and dessert. “The way we eat, and what we eat, has changed hugely in my lifetime,” says Prue Leith, restauranteur and co-host of the Great British…
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5 Best Bodyweight Exercises From Jessica Ennis-Hill

When you’re short on time but want to make your exercise session count, bodyweight exercises are brilliant. But, which exercises get the biggest results? Olympic gold medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill, reveals all… Strength training isn’t going anywhere, but the big difference is that we’re ditching the weights and getting fit and strong by using our own…
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9 Surprising Ways To Look After Your Heart

From flossing your teeth to throwing shapes on the dance floor, health journalist Madeleine Bailey discovers how you can keep your heart healthy in ways you’ve probably never thought of. We all know exercise and a healthy diet can help keep your heart healthy, while being overweight, smoking and consuming too much alcohol, sugar or…
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7 Of The Most Exciting Places To Visit In Autumn

From swimming in New Zealand’s hot springs to dancing at Mexico’s favourite cultural festival ­– travel writer Amy Bonifas has discovered the best locations and experiences to add to your autumn 2019 holiday bucket list. For many travellers, summer marks the end of the holiday season. But if you can buck the trend, autumn is…
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How Vitality Can Help You Save

Vitality Advertorial Did you know that Vitality members received an impressive £76m worth of benefits and rewards last year? (Vitality statistics, 2018.) That’s because we reward healthy behaviour – from getting your steps in and your heart rate up, to buying healthy food and meditating a few times a week. Want to know more about…
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Work Out, Together: Warm Up and Cardio

Doing a partner workout in the great outdoors with your friends, family or partner is an ideal way to boost your fitness and wellbeing together. Make it happen with our easy gamified workout, designed to increase your energy and endorphin levels. With hectic schedules and screens dominating our downtime, it’s tough to carve out quality…
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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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Work Out, Together: Resistance Training & Cooldown

After warming up and doing some cardio in Round 1, now it’s time for resistance training and a cool down session. The resistance round This takes a full-body approach and uses simple compound movements to get as many major muscles working as possible SQUAT TO OVERHEAD REACH 1. Start with feet shoulder-width apart. Pull your…
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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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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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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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