‘You are what you eat’ might sound silly but it’s true. A balanced diet can help improve how you feel, improve concentration and give you more energy.
‘Skipping breakfast will help me lose weight, won’t it?’
Not if it leaves your body with no fuel to get you through the morning. Eating breakfast can
help to keepyour weight down as you’re less likely to crave sugary, fatty foods.
‘But isn’t healthy food expensive?’
There are loads of great, healthy recipes that won’t break the bank, on the web and in cook books.
Your school or college can help provide low cost, healthy meals.
You told us
The Every Child Matters survey found that over half of Y10s eat fast food or take- aways at least once or twice a week. Under half said they eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables most days.
‘I’m too young to worry about how much salt or fat I eat.’
You don’t need to check every food packet label, but try to eat a variety of foods each week: different vegetables, fruits, meat, fish (and the odd treat too!).
‘So all processed and pre-packed foods are bad for you, right?’
This isn’t always true. Things like frozen vegetables and fish can be really healthy.
5 a day!
You can lower your risk of getting serious health problems, such as heart disease and cancer, if you eat at least five portions of fruit or veg a day. Chips don’t count but baked beans do! The websites below will give you some recipe ideas.
Who can help?
Your school nurse, local GP or Practice Nurse.
Tel: 0114 279 2655