Food and Diet

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Food & Diet

Healthy Eating

A healthy diet can help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease and stop you gaining weight, reducing your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. There’s lots of information on the NHS Choices website about how to eat well, what counts as one of your five a day and why they are so important, plus guidelines on preparing food safely and nutritiously.

NHS Choices

Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life is a government initiative with the message of ‘Eat Well, Move More, Live Longer’. It is a society-wide movement that aims to prevent people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more. It is the marketing component of the Government’s response to the rise in obesity.

There are apps for reading food labels, recipe and activity ideas plus a search tool to find sport and activities available in your area.

Change 4 Life

Losing Weight

The NHS weight loss plan, developed in association with The British Diatetic Association, can help you establish healthier eating habits and get more active, with its 12 week guide.

NHS Weight Loss Plan

Take the Healthy Eating Quiz

Obesity and the Food Environment

The evidence base for eating a healthy diet is compelling, and ignoring this advice increases the chances of becoming obese. Yet many people still find it difficult to eat a healthy diet. This is primarily because we are living in an obesogenic environment, where less than healthy choices are the default, whcih encourages weight gain and obesity.

The increasing consumption of out-of-home meals – that are often cheap and readily available at all times of the day – has been identified as one of the main factors contributing to rising levels of obesity. Public Health England estimated in 2014 that there were over 50,000 fast food and takeaway outlets in England. (taken from Public Health matters, Public Health England).

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