5 a day
The 5 A DAY message highlights the health benefits of eating five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables every day. That’s five portions of fruit and veg in total, not five portions of each. 5 A DAY is based on advice from the World Health Organization, which recommends that you eat a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Only 24% of men and 29% of women are regularly consuming their recommended daily five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables. For more information click here.
There is evidence that if you eat a lot of red or processed meat increases the risk of bowel cancer. In February 2011, the Department of Health published guidelines recommending that you do not eat more than 70g (2.5 ounces) a day. For more information click here.
Many people in the UK eat too much salt which can lead to high blood pressure, currently affecting around one third of adults in Britain. High blood pressure increases the risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Adults are recommended to eat no more than 6g of salt a day but this is difficult to achieve when 75% of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bread, breakfast cereal and ready meals. For more information click here
Change4life are currently promoting Smart Swaps
The campaign urges you and your families to make simple foods swaps such as switching to diet drinks. Lots of resources, info and support. Sign up and get loads of great free stuff like handy Smart Swapper, fun fridge magnets, mobile app and money-off shopping vouchers. For more information click here
Eat Well Plate
Eating healthily is about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. Statistics from 2011 showed that only 34% of men and 39% of women were in the healthy weight range. This means many of us are eating more than we need, and should eat and drink fewer calories in order to lose weight. To see the Eat Well plate click here
If you want to make lifestyle changes and want support the Hounslow Health Trainers might be able to support you. Find out more information here Link through to Hounslow Health Trainers info