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Mother and son bond over love for running

When Saturday comes for mother-of-two Julia Dallyn, it can only mean one thing: parkrun. Since graduating from Couch to 5K (C25K), parkrun's free weekly 5km timed runs have become a permanent fixture for the Bristolian. Apart from losing weight and helping her de-stress after a busy week as a…

5 A Day FAQs

Do you have a question about 5 A Day? We answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Does the fruit and veg have to be fresh? How much is one portion of fruit for adults? How much is one portion of vegetables for adults? Do potatoes…

Couch to 5K: week by week

A week-by-week description of the nine-week set of Couch to 5K podcasts. Each week involves three runs. Week one For your three runs in week one, you will begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate one minute of running and one-and-a-half minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.…

How to run correctly

Good running technique can help reduce your risk of injury and make your runs feel less tiring and more enjoyable. Mitchell Phillips, director of running experts StrideUK, shares his basic tips to help you run relaxed and efficiently. Keep your head straight Look straight ahead of…

Life after Couch to 5K

If you've taken on the challenge of the Couch to 5K (C25K) plan and completed it, well done! You must be feeling a great sense of achievement, not to mention being fitter and healthier. Now that C25K has got you into regular running, the challenge is to…

5 A Day recipes

Fruit and vegetables that are cooked into any kind of dish count towards your 5 A Day. This means that some of your favourite meals can help you get your five portions. To get started, why not try our healthy fajita recipe? Fajita fiesta with 5 A…

5 A Day portion sizes

One adult portion of fruit or vegetables is 80g. The guide below will give you an indication of typical portion sizes for adults. Children should also eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day. The amount of food a…

School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) helps your child achieve 5 A Day. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of the nutrients that children need and form part of a healthy, balanced diet. It's recommended that children - like adults - eat at…

All about snoring

A quarter of Britons snore, and two in three do it so loudly that it keeps their partner awake. Famous snorers, past and present, include Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Cruise. While it may be a source of comedy, snoring is a real problem that…

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…