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Flexibility exercises

These flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you haven't done much for a while - the exercises are gentle and easy to follow. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build up slowly and aim…

Flu and the flu vaccine

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu vaccine, available each year usually from October onwards. There are two types…

The flu jab

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. However, flu can be more severe in certain…

Food and drinks for sport

Find out what food and drink will help you get the most out of your sport and fitness activities. You should aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet whatever your activity level, as this will provide you with all the nutrients you need. If you…

Food and water abroad

Many illnesses are contracted through contaminated food and water. Reduce your risk of diseases like travellers' diarrhoea by following these basic guidelines. Drinking water In countries with poor sanitation, don't drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth unless it has been treated. Filtered,…

Food for strong bones

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life. You need sufficient calcium to strengthen your bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium. Poor bone health can cause conditions such as…

Food labelling terms

Food labels can help us choose a healthier diet and make sure our foods are safe to eat. Here's a guide to some of the most common food labelling terms. Food labels provide a wide range of information about foods. But understanding all of that…

Food labels

Nutrition labels can help you choose between products and keep a check on the amount of foods you're eating that are high in fat, salt and added sugars. Read on or use the links below to go straight to the sections that interest you: Nutrition labels…

Foods to avoid if you're over 65

Older people are at higher risk of food poisoning. And, some foods are more likely to cause food poisoning than others. Here's advice on which foods to avoid or be careful with when you're over 65. Some foods can cause food poisoning if they're contaminated with…

Foot care for older people

You're more prone to foot problems like corns, blisters and foot infections in later life as the skin becomes thinner and less elastic.  But painful or uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of ageing, and can be alleviated. If you're having trouble looking after your feet, you're not alone.…
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