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A guide for disabled festival-goers

Many of the UK's big music festivals provide facilities and staff to assist disabled people. These include accessible toilets and campsites, parking for disabled customers, viewing platforms and welfare support. Planning ahead is the key to staying safe and healthy during your festival, says Suzanne Bull, chief…

Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow. You can read through this article, or go directly to the…

Healthy breakfasts (for people who hate breakfast)

Get into the habit of eating a morning meal with these simple breakfasts, designed to whet the appetite of even the most habitual breakfast-skipper. Not hungry first thing in the morning? Pushed for time? Trying to lose weight? These calorie-counted treats will tempt you to rediscover the pleasure…

Healthy eating out

Check out our tips to help you make healthier choices when eating out at a restaurant or cafe. Food swaps Some easy swaps you could try: swap pies, bacon and sausages for healthier protein, such as lean cuts of meat, pulses, chicken without the skin, and lean meats like…

How a well-fitted sports bra can reduce breast pain

The movement of a woman's breasts during exercise can range from 4cm during a walk to 15cm when running, researchers have found. This multidirectional movement can cause breast pain, according to research by the University of Portsmouth. Not only can exercising with poorly supported breasts…

How do I use a condom?

Condoms are the best way to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy. Condoms are a barrier contraceptive made from latex rubber, a synthetic rubber called polyisoprene or a very thin plastic called polyurethane. Condoms are available free from: contraception clinics (sometimes called family…

How to prepare and cook food safely

Find out how to prepare, cook and store food correctly to minimise the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli.    This page covers: Washing hands Storing and preparing meat Cooking meat Cooking meat on a barbecue Acrylamide in starchy food  Washing fruit and vegetables Washing hands…

How to prevent germs from spreading

Germs can be spread from person to person or by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. To stop the spread of germs, focus your efforts on cleaning areas in the house where germs are more likely to spread, such as the kitchen and toilet. Use either…

How to wash fruit and vegetables

Advice on storing, washing and preparing fruit and vegetables to prevent food poisoning, including E. coli. It is important to wash all fruit and vegetables before you eat them to ensure they are clean and safe to eat. Most people are aware of the importance…

Lung cancer myths and facts

It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction about the effects of smoking on your lungs. Find out what's true and what's a myth. The facts Lung cancer is the UK's biggest cancer killer. About 35,000 people die from lung cancer in the UK every…