Healthy Eating and Exercise
Eating healthily and taking regular exercise can have a significant impact on your health and make a real difference to how well you feel.
Obesity is increasing in Wiltshire and is now a major cause of preventable ill-health. This section of our site gives you a few simple ideas to help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and to include exercise in your daily life.
Here are three simple steps to help you to create a healthy diet:
- Cut down on foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar
- Remember to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
- Aim for a balanced diet that includes all five food groups
Eating a variety of foods each day will help make sure your diet is balanced, giving your body all the nutrients it needs.
This means including food from all five food groups:
- Fruit and vegetables – aim for at least five portions a day
- Starchy foods, such as rice, pasta, bread and potatoes – choose wholegrain varieties whenever you can and eat plenty of food from this group
- Protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and beans
- Milk and dairy foods – choose low-fat versions where possible
- Foods containing fat and sugar – while our bodies need some fat it’s important to go easy on your intake of this food group.
Take a look at the Food Standards Agency’s ‘eatwell plate’ for more ideas about creating a balanced diet.
Small changes can make a big difference
A few small changes to your diet can make all the difference to your health. For instance, why not choose porridge instead of a pastry for breakfast and swap your mid-morning biscuit for a piece of fruit. You could choose a tomato-based sauce to accompany pasta at an evening meal, and opt for crème fraiche rather than cream if you’re having a dessert.