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Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Why is it important?

Being overweight can seriously affect a persons health and may result in the following conditions and diseases:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancers
  • Osteoarthritis, gallstones, pregnancy complications sleeping problems and changes in liver function
  • Decreased life expectancy.

What is a healthy size?

In general healthy waist measurements for an average adult are as follows:

  • Male: Less than 37 inches (94 cm).
    Even at a healthy weight (BMI 18.5 - 25 kg/m2) a waist circumference of 40 inches (102 cm) or more indicates an increased risk.
  • Female: Less than 32 inches (80 cm).
    Even at a healthy weight (BMI 18.5 - 25 kg/m2) a waist circumference of 35 inches (88 cm) or more indicates an increased risk.

What can you do?

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables.
  • Check for fat and sugar content on food labels.
  • Choose lean cuts of meat, trim off the fat.
  • Boil, steam, grill or poach rather than fry and roast.
  • Stick to three meals at the same time each day.
  • Choose low sugar food and drink.
  • Cut down on alcohol.

Follow the link below for more information and help on getting your 5 a day.

5 a Day Meal Planner

Create a weekly 5 A DAY meal planner and shopping list in five simple steps. It makes healthy eating simple, with ideas for meals, tasty recipes, cheaper options and top tips. Try it at www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/5aday.aspx.

Healthy Eating Assessment

Do you really know what eating healthily means? Find out whether you're a healthy eater or could improve your eating patterns at www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/HealthyEating.aspx.

BMI Weight Calculator

BMI is good way to check if you're a healthy weight. Use the BMI calculator at www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx to check the whole family and find helpful information and advice.

Chip Pan Fires

The Facts:

  • In the UK there are 12,000 chip pan fires every year.
  • 1,000 of these are considered serious.
  • This results in 4,600 injuries & 50 deaths per year.
  • 43 per cent of chip pan casualties took place between 8pm and 4am (mostly by men under the influence of alcohol).

You can find out more about kitchen fire safety by following the link below.

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