Healthy eating can help you to manage weight, improving your sense of wellbeing and reducing the risk of developing illness and disease.

For children, the right balance of foods will give all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

The key to eating well is having the correct proportions of a variety of foods in order to achieve a balanced diet. For more information on what a balanced diet consists of take a look at the NHS Choices eat well guide.

Most of us do not eat enough fruit and vegetables. It is recommended that we have at least five portions of fruit and veg each day. Consuming too much sugar in our diet can impact on your weight, your dental health and can cause health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol and sugary drinks will also help you to a balanced diet. Eating well is not only important in having a healthy weight but also plays a part in maintaining a healthy digestive system.

Other useful sources of information

  • One You for tools, support and encouragement to help improve your health right away
  • NHS Choices - information on weight, diet and physical activity
  • Change4Life for ideas and help on how to make small changes that add up to a healthier, happier future for you or your family
  • Our healthy weight page
  • Our physical activity page
  • Our alcohol page