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Nutrition

NHS England

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

Get Involved

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

Healthy Eating Week: 11-15 June

Get ready for Healthy Eating Week 2019.

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You is here to help achieve a healthier you by providing tools and support to make small, easy changes towards a longer, healthier life.

National Obesity Awareness Week: 14-20 January

Taking place on 14th - 20th January, we'd love for you to get involved and spread obesity awareness.

Nutrition and Hydration Week: 11-14 March

Find out what this year's key topic is in Nutrition and Hydration Week.

World Diabetes Day: 14 November

Raising the impact of diabetes has on the family and to promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of the condition.

World Health Day: 7 April

WHO use the anniversary of their founding day not only as an opportunity to celebrate the organization and its work but also as an opportunity to highlight a current global health priority.

Local Programmes

Diet, Health & Activity in Leicester (DHAL)

The programme is a 10 week weight management programme targeting the South Asian community in the East of Leicester City.

Family Lifestyle Club (FLIC)

It is an 8-week programme (meeting once each week) for children aged 8-13 years and their families, offering support and information about weight management.

First Contact Plus

An online tool which helps adults in Leicestershire find information about a range of services all in one place.

Lifestyle Eating and Activity Programme (LEAP)

LEAP is a completely FREE 10 week weight management programme for adults in Leicestershire.

Partners

  • Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
    H&B LSA
    NWL LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Sport England
    Charnwood LSA
    Harborough LSA
    County Sport Network
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Leicester
    Safeguarding
    Melton LSA
    O&W LSA

Partners

  • Active Leicester
    County Sport Network
  • H&B LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Sport England
  • Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
  • NWL LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Charnwood LSA
    Safeguarding
  • O&W LSA
    Melton LSA