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Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi? Does it have possible health benefits? How do we know? Are there any risks we need to be aware of? 


What is meditation? Can it affect our body as well as our mind? What is the evidence? Are there any health risks? 

Mediterranean Diet Health Benefits

What is the Mediterranean Diet? Can it reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer? Can it help manage Type 2 Diabetes? Might it reduce the risk of getting Parkinson's or Alzheimer's? 

Ageing and Sense of Smell

What gives us our ability to smell? What can take that ability away? Is age a factor? What are the consequences? And what can we do if we start to lose our sense of smell? 

Why 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? 

Blue Zones 

Are there parts of the world where people seem to live longer than others? If so, why? What can we learn from the people in these areas? 

Healthy Living

What are the biggest risk factors for your health? Does your lifestyle need to be healthier? If so, how can you achieve this? And how can you keep it up? What difference can this make to your health? 

Dental Health

Could dental infection put you at risk of more serious illnesses including Alzheimer's? If so, what are the main risk factors – and how can we reduce the risks?

Can too much exercise be bad for you? 

We know that exercise is good for us. Is it ever possible to do too much? What is the evidence? How much aerobic exercise is good for us? 

Coping with Chronic Stress 

What can we do to help us cope with chronic stress, so that it doesn’t lead to health issues?  Why does stress matter?


Why do some people live to 100+? Is it down to lifestyle choices, to our genes or to something else? 


What is osteoporosis? How many people are affected? What are the symptoms? Who is most vulnerable? Do males and females suffer from the same type of the disease? Can we reduce the risk?

Sleep Deprivation

What causes serious lack of sleep? How many people are affected? How can lack of sleep affect our health? What can we do about it?

Stress and Gender

Do men and women have different reactions to stress, biologically and psychologically? If so, does how does this affect their health and longevity? 

Women and Alcohol

Does alcohol affect women’s bodies differently from men’s? What are the health implications? 

The Government’s Updated Childhood Obesity Plan - Our Verdict.

One in five children aged 10-11 are already obese. Will the government's updated Childhood Obesity Plan start to tackle this major public health challenge?

Heart Attack Prevention

What is a Heart Attack? What are the symptoms? What are the main risk factors? How can we reduce the risk?

Walking and Health

How good for your health is walking? How much should you do? What if you have a health condition or are a wheelchair user? Can apps help?


Why might chocolate be good for us? How reliable is the evidence? Does it matter what kind of chocolate we eat? Can we become addicted?

Supporting Elderly Parents 

Are you caring for elderly parents or an elderly partner? If so, here are more than fifty organisations that may be able to help.

Vitamin D under the spotlight

Low levels of Vitamin D have been associated with a range of diseases. So if we increase our Vitamin D levels will that protect us? Who is most at risk of Vitamin D deficiency? 

Preventing Obesity

What can we do to combat obesity – and how important are exercise and diet? Preventing Obesity – Our Top Tips are as follows: 

What causes Obesity - the test of time

Many causes of obesity have been suggested. What does the test of time indicate?

What determines our Food Choices 

What factors influence the types of food we eat and how much, what are the health implications and how early in life do we develop a taste for certain types of food? 

How to ensure we eat more healthily

In our article What determines our food choices we identified a range of factors, some of which were encouraging unhealthy eating. So here we suggest ways of achieving a healthier diet. 

Intergenerational Fairness 

Age Watch welcomes the House of Lords Select Committee’s call for evidence on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision, as there are clearly important generational differences. 

Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body 

Four widely accepted means of improving our physical health are: Not smoking, Eating healthy, Exercising, Limiting alcohol consumption. Might these also help improve our mental health?

Organic Food

What is organic food? Is it safer or more nutritious than conventionally farmed food? What food safety tips should we be following? 

Gut Health

Why does our gut health (i.e. our digestive health) matter? What can we do to improve it? How might this influence our health?                          

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