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Nutrition

NHS England

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NHS England
Contact Email
england.contactus@nhs.net
Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33

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Thursday 5th October

What is Nutrition?

It is important for sport, physical activity and your general health to ensure that you get a good balance of nutrients.

The amount and type of food you eat has a major influence on your health. If you eat a well-balanced diet, it can reduce your risk of various diseases as well as help you to maintain a healthy weight. Key nutrients in your diet should include the following:

  • Carbohydrates provide you with energy.
  • Proteins are another source of energy and essential for the growth and repair of all tissues in your body.
  • Fats are a very concentrated source of energy and also have a number of other roles, including helping to transport essential vitamins around your body.
  • Vitamins and minerals are important to keep your body healthy and functioning.

Using the interactive tools available via Related Links, you can find more information around healthy and balanced diets, tips on how to get your 5 a day and some great recipes to try at home.

Involvement

Aim to eat three balanced meals a day with healthy snacks in between if you need them. Breakfast is important so don't skip it, especially if you're trying to lose weight.

Eat more:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • foods high in fibre, such as wholemeal and wholegrain bread, beans, pulses and potatoes with the skins on
  • low-fat dairy products, such as semi-skimmed milk, low-fat cheese and yoghurt
  • starchy foods, such as wholemeal rice, pasta and bread

Eat less:

  • processed meat products, such as sausages, salami, meat pies and burgers – replace these with lean meat (with the skin and fat removed)
  • foods high in salt, such as crisps and processed foods like ready meals and sauces
  • sugary foods and drinks, such as fizzy drinks, sweets and biscuits
  • high-fat foods, such as cream, butter and cakes

Facts

In order to get all of the nutrients your body needs, you need to eat a range of the five main food groups.

  • starchy foods, which include bread, pasta, rice and potatoes
  • fruit and vegetables
  • milk and other dairy foods
  • meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • foods high in fat or sugar

Campaigns

Feel Alive from 65 Week

25th September - 1st October. A week full of physical activity taster sessions to promote active living in older adults.

Local Programmes

Leicester City Active Lifestyle Scheme

We can help you get a new lease of life. Any of these conditions could be improved with physical activity.

National Programmes

One You

Modern life makes it hard to be healthy. The good news is we can fight back. One You is here to help you get back to a healthier you.

Partners

  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
    County Sport Network
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
    QUEST
  • Sport England
    Harborough District Council
    Leicester City Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Rutland County Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Loughborough University
    British Heart Foundation
    Safeguarding

Partners

  • Melton Borough Council
    Safeguarding
  • County Sport Network
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • QUEST
    British Heart Foundation
  • Age UK L&R
    Loughborough University
  • Harborough District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Sport England
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Equality Standard
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council