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Testing for the biggest killers

The NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. Once you know your risk, you'll be given advice and assistance to help you reduce it. What's the link between heart disease, stroke, diabetes,…

Thame couple become foster care ambassadors

A couple from Thame, recently honoured for their fostering work, have been chosen as this year’s regional ambassadors for Foster Care Fortnight, 10 - 23 May. Louise and Colin Day have been foster carers for two years. Last year, Louise received Oxfordshire County Council’s foster…

Tips for a lower-salt diet

If you have read up on salt facts, you'll know that too much salt can cause raised blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. The following tips can help you cut down on salt. You don't have to add salt to…

Tips for a stress-free divorce

Divorce can cause problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks according to Paula Hall, relationship psychotherapist at the charity Relate. "This can affect sleep, which can cause tiredness, exhaustion and a lack of focus and concentration," she says. "There's a lot to think about during a divorce, particularly looking after…

Tips for growing your own fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, and growing your own can be a fun and satisfying way to help you and your family get 5 A Day. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of many vitamins and minerals, yet most…

Tips for new parents

As a new parent you're bound to have questions on everything from getting breastfeeding started, to washing and bathing your baby and changing their nappy. Here's a quick guide to everything you need to know about caring for your new baby during those exhausting but wonderful early weeks.…

Tips on cutting down

If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down. Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine. Make a plan Before you start drinking, set a…

Tips on surviving exams

Being well prepared for your exams is the best way to overcome stress and anxiety, and gives you the best chance of getting good grades. Revision tips Make a realistic revision schedule. Work out how much you have to do and the time you have…

Tips to prevent RSI

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can be caused by a variety of tasks at work, such as forceful or repetitive activity, or by poor posture. The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, shoulders and neck. RSI is usually…

Toddler food: common questions

What are healthy snacks for toddlers? You could try: raw vegetable sticks, such as cucumber and carrots a plain yoghurt with a banana sliced into it a slice of toast with cheese spread, hummus or a slice of ham some crackers, breadsticks or unsalted rice…