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National Bed Month: Why Getting A Good Nights Sleep Is So Important

Throughout March it’s been National Bed Month; a campaign organised by The Sleep Council which aims to remind us how important sleep is in our lives. While the campaign may be drawing to an end, the importance of a good night’s sleep is vitally important all the time.   Why Is Sleep Important? For human

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How Can We Be Sure What’s Really In Our Food?

The debate around the government’s planned ‘sugar tax’ has been re-opened once again following the announcement that the childhood obesity strategy has been delayed. This comes at the same time as news highlighting that a number of hot drinks sold by high street locations contain ‘shocking’ amounts of sugar. With obesity strongly linked to heart

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International Day of Forests: Why Trees Are Good For You

Today is  International Day of Forests – a time for us to praise these majestic land masses. Today is a global celebration of forests, and a time to to raise awareness of the important role forests and trees have in our lives. Each year, the United Nations Headquarters in New York holds special events to celebrate the International

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Easter Holiday: Pharmacy Opening Times

Easter is only a few days away and as of Friday, many pharmacies and GP surgeries will be closing for a four day period.   Many pharmacies will be closing on Friday 25th March and won’t reopen until Tuesday 29th March.      It’s really important you are as organised as possible and have all

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Should All Children Be Vaccinated Against Meningitis B?

The release of devastating images of two year old Faye Burdett following her death from meningitis last month sparked a petition calling for all children to be given the meningitis B vaccine, which so far has amassed over 800,000 signatures. Whilst there are strong calls for the vaccine to be given to all children, the

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Women to be given £3000 birth budget – how does this affect expectant mothers?

A new review into maternity care published last month has recommended that expectant mothers be given ‘birth budgets’ of £3,000. With these ‘birth budgets’, women will be able to decide what care they receive during and after pregnancy, as well as ensuring better support for safer pregnancies. This new initiative will ensure that women have

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Sugar and Hot Drinks: Do You Know How Much Is In Yours?

On 17th February, Action on Sugar published a report which found that the levels of sugar in hot drinks available at popular coffee chains were staggeringly high. These shocking revelations have brought real awareness to the amount of sugar included in some of the most popular drinks available on the high street over the past

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Skipping?

Friday 18th March 2016 is the fourteenth annual National Skipping Day, an event aimed to encourage children to take up skipping as a healthy and fun way to exercise. The focus of this year’s event will be playground skipping skills. However, its not just kids who can benefit from skipping. All you need is a

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Become A “Well Woman” This International Womens Day

Next week, on 8th March, International Women’s Day takes place. Whilst this year’s theme is to Pledge for Parity, it also serves as a good reminder to take care of our health and encourages us to take steps to become ‘well women’ through getting checked out and educating ourselves on women’s health issues.   March is Ovarian

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