Healthy eating can help adults manage their weight and improve their health and wellbeing, as well as reducing their risk of developing illness and serious disease. For children, the right balance of foods gives the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
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.
Eight tips for eating well:
- base your meals on starchy foods
- eat lots of fruit and vegetables
- eat more fish
- cut down on saturated fat and sugar
- try to eat less salt - no more than 6g a day
- get active and be a healthy weight
- don't get thirsty
- don't skip breakfast
View the eight tips in detail on the NHS website.
For information about a balanced diet, 5-a-day, food labels, losing weight and more visit NHS Choices, which highlights the different types of food that make up a healthy diet, and shows the proportions we should eat to have a well-balanced and healthy diet.
Information and support
To maintain a healthy weight, we need to both eat well and move more. For useful information and support around healthy eating and keeping active in Middlesbrough, visit Food4Health and Middlesbrough Environment City.