Winter health

Five ways to stay healthy over winter

It may be cold outside but winter needn't be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.

Keep warm, keep well

How to keep your home and family warm and healthy over the winter, plus advice on benefits.

Very cold weather

How to keep warm and look after vulnerable people if the weather turns extremely cold.

10 winter illnesses

Find out how to protect yourself against the season's biggest ailments, including norovirus, sore throat and cold sores.

Flu and the flu vaccine

Your guide to flu symptoms and the flu vaccine, including who should have the vaccine this winter.

10 myths about flu and the flu vaccine

Find out the common myths about flu and the flu vaccination, and the truth behind them.

10 ways to be a winter friend

When the cold weather sets in you can make a difference by checking in on a neighbour who is elderly or vulnerable.

Wipe out winter tiredness

Feel sleepy when the days are shorter? You're not alone. Try these six ways to banish winter weariness.

Running in winter

Don't let cold weather put you off running. Use these tips to stay on track in winter.

Avoid winter weight gain

Many of us get heavier as the days get colder. Here's how to combat winter weight gain and remain slim for spring.

The health risks of flooding

Drowning, gastrointestinal disease and carbon monoxide poisoning are key risks from flooding.

Asthma in the cold

Find out how cold weather affects asthma symptoms, and get five tips to manage your asthma when temperatures plummet.

Volunteering: 'We've become good friends'

Businesswoman, Jo, loves being a Good Neighbour volunteer. Read how she fits it into her busy life

Exercising in winter

Boost your mood and stay in shape with our winter weather exercise advice.

Coping with colds and flu

How to look after yourself if you get a cold, cough or flu, and when to make an appointment to see your GP.

The flu vaccination

If you have a long-term health condition, even one which is well managed, are pregnant, or aged 65 and over, catching flu could make you seriously ill and make complications like pneumonia more likely. Watch this Public Health England campaign video to find out the best way to protect yourself against flu.

Media last reviewed: 13/10/2014

Next review due: 13/10/2016

Hot meal ideas

Easy recipes for winter warming dinners that are hot and healthy

How to help a lonely older person

Find out how to help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in your community

Home care options explained

How to get homecare workers to provide support in the home, such as domestic tasks and shopping

Helping others is so rewarding

Little acts of kindness to others can give you a sense of purpose and make you happier

Long-term conditions

Living with a long-term condition, including healthcare, medicines and support

Winter blues?

Find out how to spot the warning signs of winter depression and tips to beat it

Loneliness in older age

How to combat loneliness in later life, including making the effort to stay in touch, using computers, and volunteering

Eye health tips for over-60s

How to keep your eyes healthy as you get older, with regular eye tests, prescription lenses and self-help measures

The importance of exercise for the elderly

How exercise can help older people stay healthy, energetic and independent well into old age


Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK. Find out about how it spreads and what to do if you think you have it

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Known as the 'silent killer', learn how to spot a leak and what to do

Colds and flu

The difference between a cold and flu, remedies and who needs to have the flu jab