Why is healthy eating important?
In adults, healthy eating can help you
manage your weight and will improve your overall feeling of
wellbeing; it can also reduce your risk of developing illness
and serious disease.
For children the right balance of foods
will give all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and
The key to a healthy diet is eating the
right amount of food for how active you are and eating a range
of foods to make sure you're getting a balanced diet.
8 tips for eating well
1. Base your meals on starchy foods
2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
3. Eat more fish
4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
5. Try to eat less salt - no more than 6g
6. Get active and be a healthy
7. Don't get thirsty
8. Don't skip breakfast
Extracted from NHS Choices – Live Well
In the 2006 ‘Our Health, Our Care, Our
Say’ White paper, a commitment was made to initially develop
three NHS LifeChecks for early years, adolescent and mid-life.
NHS LifeCheck is for everyone - through a straightforward
questionnaire it provides personalised information and practical
advice, supporting people in making small changes that make a
big difference to future health and well-being. The
Baby LifeCheck is for parents and carers of babies 5-8
months old, the
Teen LifeCheck for young people aged between 12 and 15 years
Mid LifeCheck for those aged 45-60 years.
Healthy Eating Factsheet
for more information.