Leading a healthy lifestyle
A diet based on starchy foods such as rice and pasta, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, some protein rich foods such as lean meat, fish and lentils, and some dairy products (and not too much fat, salt or sugar) will give you all the nutrients that you need. The ‘eatwell' plate shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group.
Exercise can help you lose weight and lower your risk of developing major chronic diseases. It is recommended that you complete 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days a week to stay healthy. Even a little bit of activity can lower the risk of developing major chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers and type two diabetes, by up to 50%. It can cut the risk of premature death by 20% to 30%. The benefits of exercise include more energy, feeling less stressed, sleeping better, improved body shape and a sense of achievement.