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Big Sister Aims to Break Down the Barriers to Teenage Girls Exercising

New programme designed by girls, for girls launched to empower teens during puberty

A new programme designed to provide a supportive space for teenage girls has launched to help girls find and reclaim the joy of sport and exercise during puberty. Big Sister provides girls with an extensive range of resources and support - created and shaped by other girls - to enable them to find out about...

Postnatal depression: How to ask your partner if they’re okay

Postnatal depression: How to ask your partner if they’re okay

Welcoming a baby into the world is an exciting and life-changing occasion, but don’t underestimate how overwhelming it can be too. By trying to block out those feelings of stress or anxiety, there’s a risk that those emotions could lead to you or your partner developing postnatal depression (PND) – a condition which...

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Staying healthy over the Jubilee weekend

As the country prepares to celebrate the historic Platinum Jubilee, the NHS in Devon is reminding people where to get help if they need it and to ensure they have enough prescription medication for the double bank holiday.

The NHS expects to experience similar extra pressures to those typically seen over the long bank holiday at Easter, with many GP practices closed on the public holidays and...

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Study shows children’s physical activity levels fell below national guidelines in wake of pandemic

New research has revealed children’s physical activity levels in the UK were significantly lower by the time the COVID-19 pandemic public lockdown restrictions were lifted.

The study, led by the University of Bristol, found that by the end of 2021 little more than a third (36%) were meeting the national recommended physical activity guidelines.

While there was no change in their...

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Increased mental health support for children and young people

£10 million to extend senior mental health lead training to reach more schools and colleges

Thousands of young people will benefit from additional mental health support in their schools, colleges and universities, the government has announced.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Department for Education is today (12 May 2022) announcing a further £7 million for schools and...

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Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future

Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future: Report Sets out Vision to Deliver Safe, Effective and Accessible Medicines for use in Pregnancy

In a UK-first report launched today, in the House of Commons, leading figures from charity, healthcare, industry, law and academia have outlined a collaborative vision for UK leadership to improve maternal health. The Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy...

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National Walking Month: 5 ways to get kids exploring the outdoors

Sometimes, getting the family washed, dressed, and out of the door can feel like a workout in itself. What's more, with all the smart devices that kids (and parents) use today, it can be easy for your family not to spend enough time outside. However, this May marks National Walking Month, so it's the perfect time to get some exercise together in the fresh air.

Time and again, studies...

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The impact of lockdown on young people’s eyes

Opticians are advising Plymouth youngsters about how to look after their eyes after research shows the damage that’s been done during lockdown.

According to the Journal of School Health, researchers have found that children and teenagers spent more time in front of computers and mobile devices throughout the pandemic, causing eye strain, blurred vision and dry eyes.

The...

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How to get the kids involved with gardening this spring

Spring is finally here, the trees are starting to get their leaves, and you may have even noticed a daffodil or two while you’re out and about. This time of year marks the start of the growing season and is all about nature, which makes now the perfect time to get out in the garden and enjoy all that spring has to offer. Even better, gardening is a great activity to do with the family....

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Join the Mother Fit Movement

It’s good for the mind, body and soul

This month marks the launch of Mother Fit, a unique digital platform that encourages and supports a truly holistic approach to motherhood. The thoughtfully designed website will look after women’s mind, body, and soul, during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond, thanks to its personalised subscription service offering access to fitness classes, expert...

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