A good diet is important for good health. A healthy and varied diet can help to maintain a healthy body weight, enhance general wellbeing and reduce the risk of a number of diseases including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.
A healthy balanced diet contains a variety of types of food, including lots of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils; and some dairy foods. Also, food that is low in fat (especially saturated fat), salt and sugar.
No single food can provide all the essential nutrients that the body needs. Therefore, it is important to consume a wide variety of foods to provide adequate intakes of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, which are important for health.
Little changes can make a big difference!
try low-fat alternatives to dairy products, eg low-fat spreads instead of butter
trim fat from meat
grill or oven cook rather than fry
gradually stop adding salt to your food
eat more salad
aim to eat five portions of fruit or vegetables a day
snack on fruits or raw vegetables rather than crisps or chocolate!
don’t overcook or microwave vegetables – it destroys valuable nutrients
drink about two litres of fluid (ideally water) a day
read food labels carefully
Appetite for Life – Find out how schools across Wrexham will be improving the nutritional standards of food and drink provided to pupils.
Healthy Eating – Healthy eating can be easy as there are lots of things you can do to improve your diet. A good start is to eat a range of foods to make sure you get a balanced diet.
Improve Food in Youth Centres – The Welsh Assembly Government is offering Local Authorities grants of up to £4000 throughout 2009 to improve food in Youth Centres.
The Cardiac Cooking Companion – This recipe book has been produced by the Cardiac Rehab Team and Dietetics Department North Wales NHS Trust with input from the Wrexham British Cardiac Patients Association and Wrexham Cardiac Support Group. The aim of the book is to promote foods with known cardio-protective benefits and to provide affordable and easy to prepare recipes with the opportunity to become more adventurous with your food choices and improve your cooking skills along the way.
Food Standards Agency – Protecting the public’s health and consumer interests in relation to food.