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'Couch to 5K helped me lose weight'

Andy Stevenson was looking for an exercise plan to lose weight and get fit that would work around his busy schedule. He found that the NHS Couch to 5K ticked all the boxes. Andy's once-a-week bike rides were not enough to keep the weight off. When he…

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an allergy. It's also known as anaphylactic shock. This page covers: Symptoms What to do Triggers Prevention Symptoms of anaphylaxis Anaphylaxis usually develops suddenly and gets worse very quickly. The symptoms include: feeling lightheaded or…

Autism - Embrace Autism because....

It is a part of the lives of many families.  Whether that is having a child with autism, a partner, family member, friend or colleague.  You may have autism yourself.  People with autism have many positive qualities and given the right opportunities, the environment and support…

Autism and Eating Difficulties

Some of our children have difficulties with swallowing or eating foods with particular texture, smells, colours, etc. Refusing to eat certain food, having meltdowns or showing other behaviours during meals, or gagging and vomiting around certain foods can be very difficult. A healthy diet A…

Baby and toddler meal ideas

If you need some inspiration to help you cook healthy and tasty food for your kids, try these meal ideas.  They're not suitable as first foods, but fine once your baby is used to eating a wide range of solid foods. When preparing food for babies,…

Balance exercises

These simple balance exercises can be done at home to help improve your health and mobility. Don't worry if you've not done much exercise for a while, these balance exercises are gentle and easy to follow.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. Build…

Fitness advice for wheelchair users

As a wheelchair user, getting active will bring you important health benefits and can help you manage daily life, too. Regular aerobic exercise - the kind that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat - and muscle-strengthening exercise are just as…

Get active for mental wellbeing

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. We think that the mind and body are separate. But what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental…
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