Age Watch

Cold Weather, Health Risks 

Winter weather can bring snow, frost and ice. Does it also bring health risks? Yes, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). More people die in the winter than at any other time of year. So it makes sense to plan for winter. 


What is flu? Is it ever fatal? Who is most vulnerable? What can we do to avoid getting it? Should we be worried about a flu pandemic?  

Health Apps– a help or a hindrance? 

There are many free apps available that claim to support health, from getting fit and losing weight, to quitting smoking and improving mental health. The NHS even has its own web page for NHS-approved apps.

Vegetarian Diet

What are the possible health benefits of a vegetarian diet? On the downside might you be missing out on important nutrients?  What healthy nutrients does a vegetarian diet contain? 

Tips for a Healthy Life

What can we do to stay healthy for longer? How important are diet and exercise? What about smoking and drinking? Can mental health affect physical health? 

A Diet that works for you

Do we need to follow a specific diet plan if we want to lose weight? Which diet plans are most effective? And which are also healthiest?

Healthy Eating on a Budget

What are our Top Ten shopping Tips? Which foods are cheap but healthy? What other tips are there for healthy eating on a budgetr? 

Building resilience

Resilience appears to have benefits for both physical and mental health. So what can we do to maintain and develop our resilience?

What is Resilience? 

We all face pressures, stresses and challenges in our life. Can resilience help us react and adapt to these in a positive or productive way? 

Cruciferous vegetables, Pulses and Berries 

These members of the ‘brassica’ family of vegetables (like broccoli) are rich in antioxidants and nutrients which are believed to help protect our health. 


Is laughter really the ‘best medicine’? We all feel better for laughing - but is there any evidence it can really improve our health? And if so, is this due to laughter itself or to something else?  

What is Yoga? 

What is yoga? Is there any evidence of health benefits? Are there any health risks?

Are carbs really bad for your diet? 

Should we be considering a low carbohydrate diet? Can this help us lose weight? Is it good or bad for our health? 


How harmful is sugar? Is hidden sugar a particular health risk? Are some sugars healthier than others? How much sugar should we be consuming?

Tips for Healthy Retirement

Are you approaching retirement or newly retired? If so, you may be wondering how you can make the most of this next phase in your life. There are fresh opportunities, different challenges, vital decisions to make, perhaps even new skills to learn. 

Eat less and Live Longer 

Might eating less help us live longer? What evidence is there? Are there any health risks if we eat less?  

What can we learn from experiments with animals?  

Ageing of the Immune System

As we age our immune system becomes less effective and we are more likely to fall ill. Can we do anything about this, so that we stay healthier for longer? 

Olive Oil, Honey and Chillies

Are olive oil, honey and chillies really good for us? If so, how and why? And if they can really affect our bodies, are there any possible side effects?

Why do women live longer than men? 

Women usually live longer than men. Why is this - and are modern day vices, such as smoking and drinking, reducing the longevity gap?

Can we reduce the risk of Alzheimer's?

Might physical activity, educational achievement, a healthy diet and an active social life reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Might smoking, obesity and depression increase the risk?

Skin Ageing - what can we do about it?

Does our skin age because of what is going on inside our bodies – or what is going on outside? What can we do to slow this?

Good Fats Bad Fats?

In 2014 The Big Fat Surprise was published and well reviewed. Its author had revisited the research suggesting fat is bad for us and found it seriously flawed. She concluded that we should be eating more, not less fat. So what is the truth?

Adult Education

Unfortunately there has been little direct research into the effect of Adult Education on health and well-being. However, three different types of research point in the same broad direction:

Is Status a Key to Longevity? 

Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?

You've probably read about ‘superfoods.’ Garlic, green tea and oily fish are three examples. Are they really good for us - and if so, why? And are there any possible side effects?

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