A balanced, healthy diet coupled with regular exercise can help reduce the risk of some of the major causes of early death and ill health such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke and some cancers.
Choosing a healthier diet
The government has developed guidelines to help you choose a healthier diet.
- Enjoy your food.
- Eat a variety of different foods.
- Eat the right amount to be a healthy weight.
- Eat plenty of foods rich in starch and fibre.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Don’t eat too many foods that contain a lot of fat or salt.
- Don’t have sugary foods and drinks too often.
- If you drink alcohol, drink sensibly.
Projects that support healthy eating
Swindon healthy schools and healthy schools plus programmes
These include work on improving lunchboxes, school meals, snack provision and promoting drinking water and fruit and vegetables.
School fruit and vegetable scheme
The national 5 a day (fruit and vegetable) programme includes the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme where four to six year olds get free fruit in schools.