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  1. Why should I have an NHS Health Check?

    Think of the NHS Health Check as a midlife MOT. It's not only an opportunity to put right emerging problems, but to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active in the future. The NHS Health Check is based on the best scientific evidence…
  2. Why vaccinate your kids?

    As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases. There are three good reasons to have your child vaccinated: vaccinations are quick, safe and…
  3. Why we should sit less

    We all know we need to be more active, but there is increasing evidence that we also need to spend less time sitting down. Get tips on reducing sitting time for: children aged under 5  young people adults older adults To reduce our risk of…
  4. Will a pregnancy test work if I'm on the pill?

    Yes. No contraceptive method is 100% effective, so it is always advisable to take a pregnancy test if you think that you might be pregnant, regardless of the type of contraception you are currently using or have used in the past. Hormonal methods of contraception,…
  5. Will they tell my parents?

    Find out about confidential sexual health services, including contraception, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and advice on unplanned pregnancy, even if you're under 16 years old. Sexual health services (contraception and pregnancy advice, or tests for STIs, including HIV) are free and confidential. If…
  6. Winter HAF Programme

    The HAF (Holiday Activity and Food) programme will be back for the Christmas holiday The HAF programme will offer free holiday activities during the winter school holidays for school-aged children who in Reception-Year 11, who are also eligible for benefits-related free school meals.  If you're…
  7. Women and hair loss: coping tips

    Losing your crowning glory can be particularly difficult for women. But there are ways to cope. Losing your hair as a woman, especially if you're young or at a vulnerable time in your life, can badly affect your confidence. Jackie McKillop, Alopecia UK spokesperson and junior nursing sister at…
  8. Women and heart disease

    Did you know that women are twice as likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer? In the years following the menopause, your risk of getting heart disease rises significantly.  Take this online test to find out how healthy your heart is. And follow these 10 simple steps…
  9. Work and pregnancy

    If you work with chemicals, lead or X-rays, or in a job with a lot of lifting, you may be risking your and your baby's health. If you have any worries about this, talk to your doctor, midwife, occupational health nurse, union representative, or someone in the…
  10. Work out how much weight you need to lose

    Use the BMI calculator above to work out how much weight you need to lose before starting the NHS weight loss plan. The BMI tool will tell you if you're in the healthy weight range and, if necessary, how much you need to lose to achieve a healthy…
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