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How To... Cut sugar in your kids' lunch box

Children in the UK eat the most sugar in Europe. Nutritionist Dr Emma Derbyshire offers some simple lunch box swaps to reduce your kids’ sugar intake.

Swap yogurts

Some children’s yogurts are loaded with sugar and additives. But natural yogurt is a great source of calcium and is sugar-free. Why not try it with some chopped dried apricots mixed in for a fibre boost and natural sweetness?

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How to… Eat to beat PMS


This leafy green is packed full of magnesium. A lack of magnesium in women can cause spasms in the uterus and in the smooth muscle tissue of the bowel. This can contribute to period pain. Try to eat two portions of dark green vegetables a day.


If your period gives you terrible cramps tuck into some pineapple. The tropical fruit contains bromelain which is an enzyme that can help muscles to relax.

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How much sleep does your child REALLY need?

World Sleep Day is on 17 March, and we’re asking the question: Does your child sleep enough?

It might surprise you to learn that six out of 10 children in the UK get too little sleep, according to a recent study.

The survey, carried out by the Fine Bedding Company, found that 57 per cent of children aged two to four are getting less than the recommended hours of sleep a night, as well as 63 per cent of four- to seven-year-olds and 65 per cent of eight- to 11-year-olds.