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Nutrition

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

See Also:
Weight Management

An Overview of Nutrition

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

Find Nutrition Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Leicester-Shire & Rutland One You

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

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.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

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.

LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating & Activity Programme)

Want to lose weight....for good?

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

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

TKT Cheerleading

TKT Cheerleading offers classes for age 2 years and above. Cheerleading is not only great exercise but it's a fun team sport, athletes enjoy being part of a team and learn to trust others. Come along, learn new skills, make new friends, be part of someth

Greetham Valley Golf Club

Two 18 hole Championships golf courses. A 9 hole, par 3 Academy golf course, driving range, putting green, gym and sports therapy clinic on site

Inspire2tri

Inspire2tri was born from a passion to help people realise personal sporting and fitness achievements, whatever their starting point, goals, ambitions or ‘life’ challenges. We are a NFP Community Interest Company.

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is an all through school. We have a wide range of sporting opportunities for all students in the Primary and Secondary phases. The school also welcomes the community as we take bookings in the evenings and weekends.

R.T.C.S Enterprise C.I.C

At our Uppingham allotment sites we use gardening to get fit and feel great.

Sport in Desford

The Charity’s objects (“the objects”) are the promotion of community participation within the village of Desford and its environs in healthy recreation, in particular by the provision of facilities for playing bowls, tennis, squash, football, recrea

Walking Football

Walking Football

This is a minimal contact sport for over 50s (men and women) for those unable to play running football due to fitness and health levels. If you're still fit enough for normal soccer then, well done but, this club probably isn’t for you. Please arrive 15-30 mins earlier than KO for: Rules, & regs, pay subs, allocate teams, WARM-UP to reduce injuries! and ensure we have a full hour. Subs: Tuesdays / Fridays just £2 (On Mondays £4/£3). Contact Phil first before attending,

Walking Football

Walking Football

This is a minimal contact sport for over 50s (men and women) for those unable to play running football due to fitness and health levels.
If you're still fit enough for normal soccer then, well done but, this club probably isn’t for you.
Please arrive 15-30 mins earlier than KO for: Rules, & regs, pay subs, allocate teams, WARM-UP to reduce injuries! and ensure we have a full hour. Subs: Mondays 6.30-7pm £4/£3, Tuesdays / Fridays 11am-12noon £2. WF Club formed in 2015.

Partners

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

Partners

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