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'Couch to 5K got me off the sofa'

Laura, 27, hadn't done any exercise for 10 years when she came across the Couch to 5K plan. Here's her story of the nine weeks that took her literally from her living room sofa to running 5km. If I was to pinpoint one thing that put me off…

'Couples counselling saved my marriage'

Diana, 36, was aware there was increasing conflict in her marriage. She felt more and more dissatisfied and the relationship was deteriorating. "My husband, Sol, and I were having angry, loud arguments, mainly about the fact that I felt very put upon," says Diana.  "I was working…

'My trans daughter'

Sharon has a teenage daughter who is transgender. She describes how Nicki was born in a male body, but felt from a very young age that she should have been a girl. "When my child Nick was about two, I realised that he wasn't playing…

'Our Couch to 5K journeys'

Couch to 5K has helped many people get off the couch and into running. Here, Christine and Stewart Logie share their stories. For Christine, a 37-year-old mum of two from Warwick, the biggest advantage of Couch to 5K is the mental release it gives her. "Running…

'We adopted after IVF'

After unsuccessfully attempting IVF, Andrew McDougall and his wife adopted their two-year-old son in January 2013. Here Andrew describes their adoption journey to date and shares his tips for other new adopters. "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our…

10 myths about stop smoking treatments

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding stop smoking medicines such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and prescription tablets. Here are 10 common myths, and the truth behind them. 1. MYTH: Stop smoking treatments don't really work THE FACTS: Research suggests that nicotine replacement therapies and the…

10 winter illnesses

Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather. Here's how to deal with cold weather ailments. Colds You can help prevent colds by washing your hands regularly. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up…

Abortion: where to go

If you're pregnant and considering an abortion, find out who to talk to and where and when an abortion can take place. If you're not sure whether you're pregnant, find out about doing a pregnancy test. How do I get an abortion? You need to be referred by…

Activities Oxfordshire

Activities Oxfordshire lists services and groups which offer activities for young people aged 13-19, up to 25 if there are learning difficulties and disabilities. All different kinds of activities can be listed here, including those from voluntary and private providers. Add or Update an Activity…

Adjusting to disability

We often talk about disability as if it's a lifelong condition. In fact, more than 80% of people with a disability were born without it and find they have to adjust. If you become disabled through accident, illness or a deteriorating medical condition, life will change significantly. But…