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'I had prostate cancer'

Philip Kissi, originally from Ghana, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48. He was unaware that a family history of prostate cancer put him at a higher risk than other men. Both his grandfathers had prostate problems, and his grandfather on his mother's side died…

'I managed to eat healthily on £3 a day'

Caroline Finucane set herself the challenge of living on £3 a day while sticking to a healthy balanced diet, including 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. With some creativity and careful planning, she managed to spend an average of £1 a meal without compromising…

'I quit smoking for my son'

Cecelia Elliott, a London secretary, realised her son might have to grow up without a mum if she didn't stop smoking. Here's how she successfully quit. "I've been smoking on and off since I was 16. My dad used to smoke and I thought I'd…

'I ran a marathon after losing weight'

After losing a close friend to cancer, Christine Schofield went on a health kick, which culminated with her crossing the finish line of her first ever marathon. Essex-born Christine put on weight over 20 years ago, after she stopped smoking. Over the years, her weight gradually increased.  After losing 22lbs (10kg) and…

'I remember being 10 years old and feeling fat'

Christine Vivier has had a love-hate relationship with food most of her life, but now, as the mother of a two-year-old girl, she wants to turn over a new leaf. Personal tragedy has also played a role. Her father-in-law, who was overweight, died in front of her…

'I started bleeding after the menopause'

Gabrielle Neal discovered she had womb cancer at the age of 58. Thankfully, early diagnosis and treatment saved her life. "I'd been looking forward to a family Christmas with my husband, children and grandchildren for months," says Gabrielle from Woodbridge in Suffolk. "On Christmas Eve, we…

'I took up running after losing a friend'

The death of a close friend from a heart attack was the life-changing event that led father-of-two Aftab Sarwar to reassess his lifestyle. Overweight and unfit, Aftab, 29 when interviewed, embarked on a structured plan to get fit by going to the gym and watching…

'I used to drink all day'

George Budge knew he had to get help when he realised he was drinking all day, every day. Over the years George had gone from drinking socially in pubs to drinking 1.5 litres of vodka a day at home. "I don't know what the turning point was," he…

'I want to be a good role model for my daughter'

When it comes to weight, Phil Reeves has a rule: when the scales creep into three figures, it's time to take action. As a mechanical engineer and spreadsheet geek, he says the NHS weight loss plan was easy to follow, sensible and appealed to his sense of logic.…

'I want to exercise till I'm 100'

Betty Shaw, 93, from Hessle, East Yorkshire, has attended the same fitness class for over 30 years. She says exercise has been the key to helping her continue to live independently. How active are you? I consider myself quite active for my age. I live…