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Cycling for beginners

Cycling is a truly invigorating and liberating experience, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether you're cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active. This…

Dairy and alternatives in your diet

Milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yoghurt, are great sources of protein and calcium and can form part of a healthy, balanced diet. Unsweetened, calcium-fortified dairy alternatives like soya milks, soya yoghurts and soya cheeses also count as part of this food group…

Dance for fitness

From hip-hop to the foxtrot, dance fever is sweeping the nation, fuelled by popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent. Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your hips or your booty, dancing is one of…

Dangers of black henna

If you see a shop or stall offering to paint black tattoos onto your skin, don't be tempted to get one. It could leave you scarred for life and put you at risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction. Often called "black henna" or "neutral henna" tattoos,…

Darcus Howe: 'My battle with prostate cancer'

Darcus Howe, the racial equality campaigner, talks about raising awareness of prostate cancer, which affects three times more black men than white men. Howe, who died in 2017, is best known as the "Devil's Advocate", the name of the current affairs television programme he presented in the 1990s. "There's ignorance…

David Weir, Paralympic superhuman

Paralympic superhero David Weir tried all manner of sports before falling for wheelchair racing. The south Londoner, nicknamed the Weirwolf, says his sporting career might have been very different had he lived north of the Thames. We spoke to David after his success at the London 2012 Paralympic games.…

Dawn's transgender story

Most of the time Dawn lives as a man using a male name. However, she considers herself to be transgender. Dawn, who works as an occupational health nurse on an oil platform, describes growing up as a boy who liked to dress in girls' clothes. She hid…

Dealing with acne

Acne usually starts in puberty, but it affects adults too. Around 80% of teenagers get some form of acne, and there are many myths about what causes it. Here are the facts and details of treatments. Acne consists of spots and painful bumps on the skin. It's…

Dealing with jealousy

Jealousy is a normal emotion, but it can be painful and difficult to control. Jealousy happens most commonly within a romantic relationship, although it can occur between siblings and other family members, in friendships and in professional relationships. A small amount of jealousy can be…

Dental check-ups

You may assume you should have a dental check-up every six months, but some people may not need to go so often and others may need more frequent checks. Your dentist will suggest when you should have your next check-up based on how good your oral health is. The time between check-ups…