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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, Excercising, Limiting  alcohol consumption. Here we provide some evidence that these may 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?

Excercise and Cancer

Can exercise reduce the risk of cancer? Can it help tackle some of the side effects of cancer treatment? Can it improve your chances of surviving cancer? What sort of exercise are we talking about?

Stroke Prevention Guidelines

How serious a health risk are strokes? Who is at greatest risk? Can a healthy diet reduce the risk? What else can we do? And can this help reduce the risk of other serious illnesses?

Junk Food Symdrome

‘Junk food’ is a term used by the media to refer to food which is processed and rich in ‘empty calories’, high in Salt, sugar and fat, etc, etc  

Is Obesity bad for the brain? 

We know obesity can increase our risk of physical health problems.  Might being obese affect our brain as well as our body?   

Type 2 Diabetes       

What is type 2 diabetes? What are the symptoms? What are the main risk factors? How can we reduce the risk of getting it?      

Soy-Good or Bad for Us?   

Soy-based products are made from the soy bean, originally found in parts of East Asia. This bean is high in protein and is the main source of protein for many communities.        

Resilience-Is it important for our health?            

Resilience can help us react and adapt to pressures, stresses and challenges in our life in a positive or productive way.

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? 

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?

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? 

Building resilience

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


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