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The Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet. You don't need to achieve this balance with every meal but try to get the balance right over a day or even…

The eatwell plate

The eatwell plate highlights the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a healthy, balanced diet. It's a good idea to try to get this balance right every day, but you don't need to…

Eczema in children: 7 tips to stop the itch

Dr Colin Holden, consultant dermatologist, has these tips for parents of babies and small children with eczema. Get an eczema diagnosis If you think your baby or child has eczema, see your GP to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, your child may be…

Education Commission launched in Oxfordshire

An Education Commission, tasked with further improving educational outcomes for all children and young people, is being launched by Oxfordshire County Council.   The commission will speak to all interested and concerned parties about what a world class education system might look like for Oxfordshire…

The effects of drugs

Drug misuse can be harmful to your health in both the short term and the long term, and could possibly lead to addiction. New psychoactive substances (NPS) (often incorrectly called 'legal highs') What are NPS? NPS, such as mephedrone (meow meow) and spice, used to…

Eight tips for healthy eating

These eight practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating, and can help you make healthier choices. Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates  Eat lots of fruit and veg Eat more fish - including a portion of oily fish Cut down on saturated fat and sugar…

Emergency contraception (morning after pill, IUD)

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed - for example, a condom has split or you've missed a pill. There are two types:  the emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the morning after pill) the IUD (intrauterine device, or…

Endometriosis: Michelle's story

Michelle Middleton from Silsden, West Yorkshire, became unwell after the birth of her son when she was 28. She was diagnosed with endometriosis at 29. "After I had my son Leo, I didn't go back on the pill. I'd been taking it since I was 14 and,…

The energy diet

The best way to eat if you want to banish tiredness is to have a healthy, balanced diet that contains foods from the four main food groups in the right proportions. The four food groups are: fruit and vegetables potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy foods…

Epilepsy and pregnancy

Epilepsy is common, affecting around 600,000 people in the UK. It usually begins in childhood, but can start at any age. The main symptoms of epilepsy are repeated seizures. A seizure happens when abnormal patterns of electrical activity arise in the brain. It may cause the body…