Angela Sherwin, a mother of one from Manchester, says Couch to 5K has improved her self-confidence. Angela started the Couch to 5K plan while she was on maternity leave and began by taking her son with her - pushing him while he was strapped safely in his pushchair as…

    Andy Stevenson was looking for an exercise plan to lose weight and get fit that would work around his busy schedule. He found that the NHS Couch to 5K ticked all the boxes. Andy's once-a-week bike rides were not enough to keep the weight off. When he…

    Judi Paxton, 62, talks about her shock at being diagnosed with osteoporosis. "Four years ago I was working as an HR Director. I was stuck in the office day in, day out from eight in the morning till six or seven at night. I never…

    University students undergo big transitions, which can affect their mental health. Dr Luke Jefferies describes his work as a mental health adviser helping students through these difficulties. "In the 65 years since the NHS was founded, attitudes to mental health, including student mental health, have dramatically changed,"…

    Sarah Phillips was 16 when her mother, Debbie, died after four years with cervical cancer. At the funeral, Sarah played a recording she had made of the song Autumn by Paolo Nutini. Little did she know that her cover version would become a YouTube hit. Sarah talks…

    Mo Kanneh nearly died after catching one of the most severe forms of malaria during a trip to Sierra Leone. He didn't take antimalarial medication, believing the course he had taken for a previous trip to the West African country still protected him. But he fell…

    Jane Hudson: "My NHS Health Check was a wake-up call." Jane Hudson, aged 70 at the time of her NHS Health Check, is from Emley, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She lives with her husband and has one son and two daughters. Last year, Jane received a…

    Vicky Finch tells how she had a gastric band fitted after years of weight gain was starting to put her long-term health at risk.  "My weight had begun to creep up when I was 25, after having children, and in spite of numerous attempts to lose weight,…

    Saima Parveen and her husband Mohammed live in Bradford. Their first baby, Qais, was born when Saima was 25 weeks pregnant. Saima with baby Qais: 'Holding him for the first time was amazing, nothing can beat that moment' "In August 2010, four weeks after we…

    Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…