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STI symptoms that need checking

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed. An STI can be passed from one…

Stop smoking without putting on weight

You may be worried about piling on the pounds when you stop smoking - but there are steps you can take to keep weight gain to a minimum. They are: Take more exercise  Use stop smoking treatments  Diet cautiously - it can help reduce weight while you quit, but you must be…

Stop smoking: coping with cravings

If you can control your cravings for a cigarette, you'll boost your chances of quitting. The most effective ways to tackle cravings are a combination of stop-smoking medicines and behavioural changes. Going cold turkey may be appealing, and works for some, but research suggests that willpower alone…

Stop smoking: quit making excuses

If you're a smoker, you probably have loads of excuses you use to delay quitting. But are they really justified? Here are seven common excuses and how to overcome them. Excuse 1: 'the damage is done' You might feel that because you smoke, you've already increased your chance…

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Smoking, anxiety and mood Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because…

Strength and Flex exercise plan

Use the panel above to download the Strength and Flex exercise plan to any mobile device. The five-week plan consists of a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve your strength and flexibility. The workout instructions and pace are easy to follow to ensure you perform…

Strength and Flex exercise plan: week by week

A week-by-week breakdown with links to video clips of the five-week Strength and Flex exercise plan for beginners. Do each podcast at least three times within a week before moving on to the next podcast. Once you've finished the programme, you can keep using podcast…

Strength exercises

Strength exercises like these can be done at home to improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much for a while - these strength exercises are gentle and easy to follow. For the chair-based exercises, choose a solid, stable chair that doesn't have wheels. You…

Student mental health

Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. But it's not just students who have a diagnosed mental health condition that can benefit from counselling. Alan Percy, head of counselling at the University of Oxford, says: "A lot of difficulties are not…

Student sex

For many students, living away from home for the first time can provide more opportunity than ever before for having sex. It's important you don't feel pressured into having sex and, if you do want to, you practise safer sex.  The organisation Student Beans conducted the Students and Sex 2012…
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