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High blood pressure affects obese children, study shows

A study conducted in Germany has revealed that children who are overweight or obese are six times more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, with obese girls being more at risk than boys.

According to experts, a third of (more…)

Skills that make a good small business owner

Owning a small business is not always easy. It comes with plenty of challenges, but it can also be fun and rewarding. In the UK, it is becoming increasingly popular way to earn a living.

If you are thinking of setting up your own business, here are some of the attributes you will need:

Good organisational skills

If you run a small business, you will be responsible for everything. This means you have to be well on the ball, so nothing is missed and deadlines are met.


Regardless of what sector you work in, there will be times when things are difficult. At times, there will not be much work. Other times, people will let you down and you will have to pick up their work, so you have to be a determined person who will not let things overwhelm you.

Good people skills

Most small business owners start out by being the salesperson for their business, so being personable and being able to make a good impression are important skills. These attributes will also help you with networking and hiring staff once you get to that stage.

Basic financial understanding

It is important to be able to work out whether what you are doing is actually profitable. Being able to put together a basic profit and loss spreadsheet is an invaluable skill for a small business owner.

Leadership skills

The majority of small businesses grow to some extent, which means at some point you will have employees. You will need to be able to lead your team effectively.

All of the above skills are important. However, if you are missing one or two, do not let that stop you from starting your own business. You can pick up the necessary skills as you go along. If you know you are lacking in one particular area, set aside a few hours a week to address this. That way, by the time you need the skill for your business, you will be ready.

Why you should wash fruit before eating?

Consumers are always told to wash their fruit before they tuck into it, but why is this? Why does something as natural as fruit need to be cleaned?

Here are a few reasons why it is highly advisable to (more…)

Urgent request for child obesity task force

Medical experts have called for an action group to be formed to tackle the problem of childhood obesity in the UK.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and partner organisations have (more…)

Top tips for getting your kids to exercise

We all know that it is important for our kids to exercise, but we often struggle to get them up and moving. Fortunately, getting them moving is the hard part; once your kids get the exercise bug, keeping them still is (more…)

More parents fail to recognise obesity in children

US research has revealed that fewer parents are able to recognise that their child is overweight or obese today compared with 20 years ago.

According to the study, as levels of obesity increase, there are (more…)

Homegrown goodness: five best native UK fruits

Despite the unpredictable climate, the UK still produces a lot of fruit. Here are the most popular and best fruits grown right in this country:

1. Apples

For decades, the (more…)

Five imported fruits that the average Brit can’t live without

For many decades now, the British have been enjoying fruit from across the world. Having a big empire meant that pineapples, oranges and other exotic fruit were eaten in the UK as far back as the 17th Century. Back then, however, it (more…)

Baking is number one pastime for dads and their children

According to a recent survey, more fathers are spending time with their kids during the summer holidays than ever before.

The survey also indicated that baking has become (more…)

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