Susannah Hickling

Nine ways to stop your child getting fat

About a third of children in the UK are overweight, increasing their risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and joint problems in adulthood. Here are some hints to prevent yours from piling on the pounds: 1. Be slim yourself. Easier said than done, I know. But the point here is that you’re

Seven big fat myths about fitness

When it comes to exercise and health, there’s a lot of dodgy advice out there (including plenty from friends and family). We explode some of the myths which might put you off or lead to injury. 1. No pain no gain Aching muscles are only to be expected when you first start exercising or you

Keep your hair on! Seven tips for doing so, past Movember

[audioplayer src=”″ title=”Henry Jeffreys and Sarah Coghlan join Mary Wakefield to discuss Movember and other wackiness.” startat=1456.1] Listen [/audioplayer]Some men are growing facial hair for Movember but lots of people are just trying not to go bald. Male pattern baldness affects half of men over the age of 50, according to the British Association of

Seven foods that will help lower high blood pressure

Consuming certain foods and drinks may help reduce one of the main risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Who knows, you could find you don’t need medication after all – but let your doctor be the judge of that. 1. Gorge on guacamole. Avocados are high in potassium, which lowers blood pressure. Most of

Ten reasons to give up smoking

Earlier this year a research study revealed that people were more likely to quit smoking when confronted with the reasons why they should give up rather than being told how they should do it. With that in mind, here are some convincing grounds for stubbing out those cigarettes for good: Cigarettes contain poisons. Each one

Nine natural ways to keep your teeth white

Smile! There are ways you can help your teeth to remain dazzling and healthy without paying to have them whitened: Cut down on dark drinks. Avoid too much red wine, black tea, coffee, colas and dark fruit juices if you want your pearly whites to stay, well, white. A rule of thumb? If they’ll stain

‘Unhealthy’ foods that are surprisingly healthy

Thank you, oh thank you, dear scientists, for rehabilitating these dietary dangers: Chocolate Previously dismissed as full of sugar and fat, chocolate is now claimed to have all sorts of health benefits. Researchers have found that it helps guard against heart disease and stroke by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It may also stave

Ten healthy reasons to drink a cup of tea

Drinking tea might stop you having a stroke. A meta-analysis of nine studies revealed that people who drank three or more cups of tea (black or green) had a 21% lower risk. You could lower your cholesterol. Drinking a brew has been shown to cut cholesterol in people with mildly raised levels. But it’ll take

Seven ways to protect your ears

Did you know that ten million people in the UK have some hearing loss? In fact, long-term exposure to sounds that are only as loud as a food processor and just a bit less noisy than a lawnmower can damage your ears. Here are some easy ways to avoid going deaf – or preserve what