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Sweet potato curry

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The truth about salt

Its Salt Awareness Week and we want to let you know the impact salt can have if we consume it in excess. Salt is a mineral also known as sodium chloride the main ingredient in table salt. Sodium is important for nerve and muscle function and is involved in the regulation of fluids in the […]

Personal quit plan tool

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Get your free personal quit plan!

If you are a smoker then stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health.  Of the 6.1 million smokers in England, six in 10 want to quit but many try to quit using willpower alone – or go ‘cold turkey’ – despite this being the least effective method available. If […]

How Are You quiz

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Try our FREE How Are You quiz!

One You Merton is encouraging people to take the ‘How Are You?’ quiz. The free, online quiz analyses your lifestyle to provide a personal health score and gives tailored advice on how to improve your health. Over 2.5 million people have taken the ‘How Are You?’ quiz, so why not join them! Depending on your […]

Healthier Traditional English Breakfast

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Healthier Traditional English Breakfast

This recipe serves one, it’s lower in fat and higher in vegetables and we have used healthier cooking methods. Ingredients Handful of mushrooms 1 tomato halved 4 new potatoes sliced with skin on 2 sausages (vegetarian or meat) ½ tin of pinto beans (can use any other beans washed and drained) ½ tin chopped tomatoes […]

Grab and Go Spiced bars recipe

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Grab and Go Spiced Bars recipe

Cereals bars can contain a lot of added sugar and one bar can have up to three teaspoons of sugar. Watch out for the hidden sugars in cereal bars and always read the ingredients at the back of the product. Some examples of hidden sugars used to make cereal bars are invert sugar syrup, glucose […]

Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

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Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

Do you know your drink? Are you aware how many units of alcohol are recommended for adults each week? One You Merton is supporting Alcohol Change’s Alcohol Awareness Week from Monday 19th November to Sunday 25th November. This year’s theme is ‘Change’ and in the words of charity Alcohol Change: “Change is necessary. Change is possible. […]

Sweet potato & spinach omelette

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All About Sugar

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recently examined the relationship between dietary carbohydrates and health. The review found that an increased consumption of sugar is linked with tooth decay, higher energy intakes, type 2 diabetes; and consumption of high sugary drinks is associated with increased weight gain in teenagers and children. As a result […]

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Self Care Week 2018

When did you last do something for just for you? This year the Self Care Forum’s Self Care Week runs from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th November and the theme this year is Choose Self Care for Life. There is a growing demand on health care services in England and so this Self Care Week […]

Stress ball

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International Stress Awareness Week 2018

Does hi-tech cause hi-stress? That’s the question being asked for International Stress Awareness Week, which this year runs from Monday 5th November to Friday 9th November 2018.  One You Merton is encouraging people to de-stress and find new ways to create a stress free lifestyle. As the end of the year approaches, it is important to […]

Healthy snacks

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The energy ‘diet’

The Eatwell Guide is very useful for checking how much of what foods we should be eating on a daily basis.   This guide clearly explains what food groups there are and how much we should be eating from each of these different food groups. A healthy balanced diet is the most important thing in order […]