Eating well

These days our lifestyles can often mean that we are not eating as healthily as we should be. Everyone should aim to eat a healthy, well balanced diet every day.

The eat well plate

The NHS Choices Eat well plate describes the different types of food that make up a healthy, well balanced diet.

Eat well image, bagel, scrambled egg on toast, granola bar, smoothie and vegetables

To try and get this balance right every day you should aim to eat:

  • Plenty of fruit and vegetables, aiming for 5 a day
  • Plenty of potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy foods, choosing whole grain varieties whenever you can, and eating potatoes with their skins on for more fibre
  • Some milk and dairy foods, choosing low fat milk and dairy
  • Some meat, fish, eggs, and other non-dairy sources of protein such as pulses
  • Just a small amount of foods and drinks that are high in fat and sugar - cut down on fat and sugar by eating fewer sweets, cakes and biscuits, and drinking fewer sugary soft drinks.

Children between the ages of two and five should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family, in the proportions shown on the eat well plate

If you are thinking about becoming a mum or a dad, or are already a new mum or dad, the Start 4 Life website gives you some simple straight forward tips for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

It is recommended that you breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months to give them the best start possible.

Visit the Change 4 Life website for tips and advice on diet, nutrition and eating well, and the healthy eating section on the NHS Choices website.

Links to help and support for eating well

Use the following links for more help and support in having a physically active lifestyle.

ABL Health is the Lancashire County Council commissioned organisation that provides a range of FREE weight management programmes for patients who are resident in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston.

There are various, completely free and easy accessible programmes delivered at numerous sites across Central Lancashire. More information can be found by visiting the Central Lancs page on the ABL Health website.