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Doctors to recommend 'TV-free days' to tackle obesity

Doctors will start recommending overweight patients have TV-free days or get strict and cut their viewing time to two hours per day, according to fresh guidelines.

Limiting TV intake is a good way to cut obesity rates, NICE said. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

People should also keep an eye on their weight using bathroom scales and calories counting apps, according to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The guidelines also make a number of dietary recommendations - patients should reduce their intake of calorific foods including biscuits, sweets and chocolate, full-fat cheeses and fried foods.

Doctors recommend people follow a "Mediterranean diet" by eating vegetables, fruits, beans, pulses, wholegrains and fish and uses olive oil instead of other fats.

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Airstrikes in Syria 'could include' around 20 militant sites

Airstrikes by the United States and partner nations in Syria could be focused on around twenty targets, a US defence official has told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

The official also said some of the strikes employed Tomahawk missiles launched from at least one US Navy ship at sea.

Rail operators 'working hard' to improve communication

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Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group which represents NetworkRail and rail operators said:

"Passengers are at the heart of what we do and we know they want the industry to provide them with clear, accurate and timely information so they can make informed journey choices.

"That is why we have worked hard to make improvements and are already committed to implementing many of the report's key recommendations.

"The regulator has welcomed the industry's commitment to improving communications with passengers during severe weather.

"The industry will shortly produce a revised plan that includes more prominent service information on websites, earlier notification of any changes to the following day's timetable and measures to boost awareness of how to claim compensation for delayed journeys."

The survey findings were based on responses from 1,020 passengers who had experienced a delay in the previous seven days.

Rail passengers unhappy with delay information

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Two thirds of rail passengers are unhappy with the way train companies deal with cancellations and delays, according to a new customer watchdog survey.

The survey, from Passenger Focus, showed that rail customers complained that information on Twitter was far more up to date than that provided by station staff.

One customer said: "I'd have liked an announcement from a human, rather than numbers on a board."

Another said: "Just the facts - the live departure information is often just a joke. Why cannot Southeastern be honest and just say 'no trains' rather than raising hopes."

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Pentagon release statement on Syria militant airstrikes

The Pentagon Press secretary has released the following statement regarding the start of airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets inside Syria:

I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against IS terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles."

Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.

The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.

– Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby

Miliband to launch 'six goals' to help young people

Ed Miliband will outline six "goals" designed to help young people on the path to a better future in his party conference speech later today.

Among them are:

  • Doubling the number of people buying their first homes to 400,000 each year.
  • Boosting apprenticeship take-up until it matches the number going to university.
  • Halving the number of low-paid workers.
  • Creating a million new "green" technology jobs.
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