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How to prepare and cook food safely

Find out how to prepare, cook and store food correctly to minimise the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli.    This page covers: Washing hands Storing and preparing meat Cooking meat Cooking meat on a barbecue Acrylamide in starchy food  Washing fruit and vegetables Washing hands…

How to prevent germs from spreading

Germs can be spread from person to person or by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. To stop the spread of germs, focus your efforts on cleaning areas in the house where germs are more likely to spread, such as the kitchen and toilet. Use either…

How to resuscitate a child

Below is the full detailed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sequence for infants (babies under a year old) and children. It's highly recommended that every parent goes on a first aid course, as it makes this process much easier to understand and remember. In a life-threatening emergency, dial 999. If…

How to run correctly

Good running technique can help reduce your risk of injury and make your runs feel less tiring and more enjoyable. Mitchell Phillips, director of running experts StrideUK, shares his basic tips to help you run relaxed and efficiently. Keep your head straight Look straight ahead of…

How to sit correctly

If your work involves sitting a lot and using a computer, here are some tips to help you sit correctly. Support your back You can reduce your risk of back pain by adjusting your chair so your lower back is properly supported. A correctly adjusted chair will…

How to spot child sexual exploitation

Each year in England thousands of children and young people are raped or sexually abused. This includes children who have been abducted and trafficked, or beaten, threatened or bribed into having sex. Media coverage of police investigations into the crimes of Jimmy Savile and other…

How to stay motivated

More tips from real-life slimmers Keep a photo diary From Carrie Sorrell, 20, from Hertfordshire. Lost 28kg (four and a half stone). "I asked my partner to take photographs of me in my underwear and kept a photo diary. It meant I could see what…

How to stretch after exercising

Use this routine to cool down after a workout to gradually relax, improve flexibility and slow your heart rate. These gentle stretches should take about 5 minutes. Spend more time on them if you feel the need. Buttock stretch - hold for 10 to 15 seconds…

How to take your baby's temperature

A normal temperature in babies and children is about 36.4C (97.5F), but this can vary slightly. A fever is usually considered to be a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above. Your baby may have a fever if they: feel hotter than usual to the touch -…

How to talk to your child about drugs

It can be difficult to talk about drugs with your kids. Use these tips to help you talk openly with your child. 1. Don't panic If you find out that your child has tried drugs, your first reaction may be anger or panic. Wait until…
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