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Spotting signs of child sexual abuse

What is child sexual abuse?   Who commits child sexual abuse? Which children are at risk of child sexual abuse? What are the signs that a child is being abused? What are the effects of child sexual abuse? Will reporting the abuse make things worse? How do I report child sexual abuse? One in 20 […]

Kellie Maloney: ‘My 60-year secret’

Retired boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, formerly Frank, talks about her dreams, diaries and secret dress-ups, and why it took her 60 years to come out. Las Vegas, November 1999. Lennox Lewis has just beaten Evander Holyfield to become Britain’s first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in more than 100 years. After the ringside celebrations among 6,000 delirious British fans, Lewis’ […]

Cannabis: the facts

Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK, although its use in recent years has fallen. The proportion of 11-15 year olds in England who had used cannabis in the last year fell from 13.3% in 2003 to 7% in 2013. The proportion of 16-59 […]

‘Running helps manage my blood pressure’

Andrew Watson took up running after a routine medical check-up revealed he had high blood pressure. Overweight and with a family history of hypertension, the 49-year-old knew he needed to be more active. With a mainly deskbound job and a busy family life, the father-of-three from Devon was leading a largely sedentary lifestyle. However, the […]

Using a sperm donor: what you need to know

Around 1,300 babies are born each year in the UK from donated sperm. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about starting a family with the help of a sperm donor. Donor sperm can be used to help couples and individuals become parents, regardless of whether you are heterosexual, lesbian, gay, single, married, […]

Raising low self-esteem

We all have times when we lack confidence and don’t feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives. Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves […]

Health benefits of rock climbing

Rock climbing used to be considered the preserve of adrenaline junkies, but in recent years it has broken into the mainstream. A growing number of people in search of new experiences and outdoor adventure have been getting a taste for the crag in climbing centres around the country. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) estimates there are […]

‘My family’s deaths were a wake-up call’

After both her father and brother lost their lives to heart disease at a young age, Helen Cleary knew she had to get her act together. Approaching middle age, the mother of three was overweight and unfit and couldn’t go up a flight of stairs without losing her breath. Sport or exercise had never been her […]

‘Running gives me a sense of achievement’

Since completing Couch to 5K, Lorraine Beavis has joined the legions of runners who have signed up to parkrun’s increasingly popular 5km runs. From being a sporadic exerciser, Lorraine from Leeds says taking up running has helped her lose weight, boosted her confidence and given her a sense of achievement. A veteran of 52 of […]

Mother and son bond over love for running

When Saturday comes for mother-of-two Julia Dallyn, it can only mean one thing: parkrun. Since graduating from Couch to 5K (C25K), parkrun’s free, weekly 5km timed runs have become a permanent fixture for the Bristolian. Apart from losing weight and helping her to de-stress after a busy week as a nurse, running has had the unexpected benefit of bringing […]

‘I took up running after losing a friend’

The death of a close friend from a heart attack was the life-changing event that led father-of-two Aftab Sarwar to reassess his lifestyle. Overweight and unfit, the 29-year-old embarked on a structured plan to get fit by going to the gym and watching his calories – losing 20kg (3.1st) in seven months. Aftab then started […]