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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.

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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.

Better Health

Sat, 01 Aug 2020

Your health matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.

One You

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

Being healthier is not just about doing the right thing – it's about making changes to fit your lifestyle and make you feel good.

We Are Undefeatable

Thu, 29 Aug 2019

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you.

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

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

Fair To Middling

Sponsored by SIGG SWITZERLAND WATER BOTTLES, MTB Strapon, Dartmoor Cycle Workshop & Shadow Security. Based in Exeter and and a British Cycling affiliated club.

Riding, racing, coaching, socialising and mostly, laughing.

The Diabetes Football Community South Devon

The Diabetes Football Community South Devon

Networking opportunities for 16 + with diabetes using football as a tool for delivery.

Legacy Leisure

Legacy Leisure

Riverside Leisure Centre is a large fitness facility offering a 100 station gym, Queenax functional training studio, over 150 weekly instructor led and virtual group exercise classes, indoor cycling studio, 6 court sports hall and 2 squash courts.

Nordic Walk Devon

Nordic Walk Devon

Nordic Walking Devon provides training and weekly leisure and fitness walks in the South Devon area. All levels of fitness welcome.

Torbay Leisure Centre

Torbay Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Paignton we are a leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool as well as a trainer pool, 92 station gym, including Queenax Rig, sports hall, 4 squash courts,a friendly onsite café and even a Velopark.

Personal Best Health and Fitness

Personal Best Health and Fitness

Fully qualified, REPS insured female personal trainer based in Mid-Devon. Specialising in women's health & fitness. One-to-one personal training sessions to help you reach your health & fitness goals available from Uffculme studio or as a mobile service

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