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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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What You Need To Know About High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects millions of people in the UK, but many are unaware that they suffer from the condition. We explain how to get tested, what your results mean and how to prevent long-lasting damage to your health. The British Heart Foundation estimates that up to five million people in the UK…
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7 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure

It’s important for all of us to keep our blood pressure levels in check and there are some small (and sometimes surprising) ways you can keep your level in a normal range. Health journalist Carole Beck finds seven easy lifestyle tweaks that can make a real difference… Did you know one in three Brits has…
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6 Ways Vitality Can Provide Mental Health Support

From talking therapy to mental health forums, here are the smart ways that Vitality can support your happiness and wellbeing. Struggling to switch off before bed? Regularly feeling anxious and overwhelmed? Just not feeling ‘yourself’? One in four people in the UK experiences a mental health issue each year, yet only one-third of people seek…
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The Importance Of Good Gut Health

Going with your gut? Worried sick? Can’t think straight when you’re ‘hangry’? These phrases have recently been revealed to make perfect scientific sense. Words: Jane Druker Think back to when you last sat an exam or went for a job interview. “That nervous tension probably stopped you eating and gave you a fluttery feeling in…
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How To Protect Yourself From Sun Damage This Summer

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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Weight Watchers Tray-Bake Aloo Gobi

This vegetarian Weight Watchers recipe takes a healthy spin on a popular Punjabi staple – aloo gobi – a potato and cauliflower curry, but in tray-bake form. SmartPoints values SmartPoints per serving: 5 SmartPoints per recipe: 19 15 minutes preparation 35 minutes cooking Serves 4 Ingredients 500g new potatoes, raw 2 tsp…
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Orange And Almond Polenta Bundt Cake

Recipe by Chantelle Nicholson, courtesy of Great British Chefs. This sticky orange and almond polenta bundt cake cake is full of sweet orange and rich almonds; and completely vegan, using vegan wonder-ingredient aquafaba (the water from a can of chickpeas), which is whisked into a stiff meringue to add body and lightness to both the cake and…
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The New Family Holiday Trend You Need To Try

Travel journalist Helen Foster explores the ‘skip-gen’ travel trend – where grandparents or older family members take the kids away – and shares the best family holiday ideas for giving it a try. Skip-gen travel is the new name for grandparents, older carers, family members or guardians taking children on a holiday without their parents.…
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How To Stress-Proof Your Mind

We can’t completely get rid of stress from our lives. But it turns out we can train our brains to respond to it in a more resilient way. Wellbeing journalist Jo Usmar finds out how. Heart-racing, blood-pumping, feeling that something bad is about to happen, we’re all familiar with that physical feeling. In fact, we’re…
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How To Spot The Signs Of Bowel Cancer

What are the key bowel cancer symptoms and does a screening test hurt? Find out what you need to know about one of the most common cancers in the UK. To mark the launch of Vitality’s bowel cancer home screening test (coming soon), health journalist Carole Beck asked Dr Dawn Richards, Medical Affairs Director at…
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How To Reduce Food Waste At Home

We ask Great British Chef Bryn Williams to share his clever tips and tricks to reduce food waste, helping you make the most of everything you buy and cook. That half-eaten bag of rocket, family-sized tub of Greek yogurt, or the slightly sad-looking punnet of strawberries… Whatever the culprit, we as a nation are throwing…
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How To Spot The Signs Of Stress

From changes in our exercise patterns to issues with our gut, here’s how stress can manifest itself from top to toe and the stress signs you need to look out for. The feeling of stress is all too familiar for those of us juggling busy lifestyles. But how do we spot when our stress levels…
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How To Please Fussy Eaters In 5 Easy Steps

Author and parenting blogger Emily Leary explains why a little variety is the key to developing healthier family eating habits – plus three easy and healthy recipes to try now. Struggling to sneak healthier foods onto their plates? Fussy eating is a normal phase of your child’s development and, according to the NHS, as long…
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The Gynae Geek’s No Nonsense Guide To Smear Tests

Does a smear test hurt? What happens if I have abnormal cells? We ask gynaecologist Dr Anita Mitra for her expert (and honest) advice on the routine smear test The NHS reports that one in three women don’t attend their cervical screening because of ‘embarrassment’, yet it’s the single best way to reduce your risk…
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How To Have Better Relationships

From our self-esteem to our sense of contentment, our happiness is influenced significantly by our relationships with family, friends or partners. Psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley shares five simple ways we can all maintain successful relationships… The human brain is built for relationships. When we’re born, we’re prewired to create bonds with others to help us survive.…
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7 Ways To Improve Your Mornings

The choices we make first thing have a big impact on our day ahead. Here are seven easy ways to improve your mornings and help you make healthier decisions throughout the day. And none of them include getting up at 5am! How many times have you rushed to work this week, or snoozed your alarm?…
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Easy Peanut Butter And Apple Pizzas

These apple pizzas are so simple – they’re apple slices topped with peanut butter. Think of it as more of an activity, perfect for getting children involved and encouraging them to experiment with new flavours and textures. Recipe extracted from Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-Phase Programme by Emily Leary (Octopus Books, £16.99). Prep…
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Fruit And Oat Breakfast Bake

Stuck for healthy breakfast inspiration? Try this easy breakfast bake – a blend of summer fruit, maple syrup and natural yogurt that can be sliced into bars. The texture is somewhere between porridge and flapjack, and it’s great hot or cold. You can use any kind of berries or fruit from your pick-your-own adventures. Recipe…
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Curried Fish Fingers And Sweet Potato Chips

These tasty curried fish fingers are a great way to introduce your family to more exciting foods – it looks familiar but has new flavours to explore. Recipe extracted from Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-Phase Programme by Emily Leary (Octopus Books, £16.99). Serves: 4 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Ingredients For…
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Poached Eggs And Kimchi On Sourdough Toast

Recipe by Chantelle Nicholson, courtesy of Great British Chefs. This flavour-packed vegetarian breakfast recipe tops slices of toasted sourdough with perfectly poached eggs, a rich almond butter and bright, vibrant kimchi to create a balanced dish full of contrasts. Cooking time: 35 minutes, plus 3–5 days to ferment the kimchi, Serves: 2 Watch the video https://youtu.be/Y_cGpUCyU-8…
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The Best New Health Podcasts You Need In Your Life

From nutrition truths to powerful mental health stories – fitness journalist Howard Calvert shares five life-enriching podcast that you should be listening to. 23% of us listened to a podcast in the past month and, on average, we spend more than 3.6 hours per week listening to shows, according to research by Acast. Podcasts are…
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5 Ways To Improve Your Money Habits

Constantly chasing your tail when it comes to your finances? Financial journalist Laura Whateley shares small steps you can take to improve your money habits. Many of us don’t feel in control of our financial destiny. This might be because we rarely have time to pause and take stock of our finances. Unexpected costs can…
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8 Ways To Supercharge Your Walking Routine

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get fit and stay in shape – there’s little to no cost involved, it’s low impact on your joints and it offers a range of health benefits.  Here are 8 tried and tested ways to get the most out of your walking routine. 1. Get your posture…
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Adventurous Weekend Breaks Worth Booking

It’s time to embrace the latest trend that’s all about making your weekend break work even harder by fitting in a memorable, adventurous experience. Here are some ideas from Mr & Mrs Smith Over half of us plan to take more weekend breaks in 2019, and with psychologists finding that quick breaks make us happier…
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Supercharge Your Retirement Savings At Any Age

It’s never too early to plan for retirement savings, and with a few smart steps, you can set yourself up to achieve everything you want in life. Here are the money action points to supercharge them across the decades – in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Words: Rosalind Ryan The financial landscape is…
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Building Your Pension Nest Egg

It can be tough thinking about funding your retirement when you’re still paying off a mortgage or saving for your children’s education. But, as our experts explain, it’s never too early to start planning for your pension. Words: Rosalind Ryan, Photography: Getty Images. Do your eyes glaze over when someone says ‘pension’ You’re not alone.…
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7 Surprising Ways To Look After Your Hearing

The number of people living with tinnitus (a ringing or humming in the ear) in the UK is set to increase by more than 500,000 by 2028. With an estimated 1.05 million tinnitus consultations with GPs taking place every year, costing the NHS £750 million, it’s time for us to take better care of our…
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Supercharge your health across the decades

Want to know the secret to tip-top wellness whatever your age? We’ve spoken to leading experts for the best science-backed advice on maxing your wellbeing. Here’s how to help stave off future health problems and keep your body and mind in peak condition, decade by decade. There’s no denying it: as time passes, our bodies and…
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Stress-Relieving Adaptogens: Do They Work?

Health journalist Carole Beck asks the experts whether a group of herbs called ‘adaptogens’ are the key to helping us manage our stress levels. Adaptogens are the latest buzzword in wellness. Thought to help your body better adapt to stress, this group of herbs is used in everything from calming supplements to stress-relief tea. Rooted…
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