Fact – Eating a healthy, balanced diet should be fun and enjoyable, not hard-work/boring/tasteless or any of the other words commonly thrown around. Eating is one of life’s necessities, so let’s put the myths to bed, get the facts right and enjoy our food!

Tips for healthy eating

Tip 1: Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring!

There’s more to eating a healthy diet than living on lettuce and carrot sticks! All foods can be eaten as part of a healthy diet; the key is getting the balance right!

Tip 2: Healthy food doesn’t need to be hard work!

Whether you’re at school, college, out with mates or just chilling at home you don’t have to make a special effort to find healthy food to enjoy. Healthy food is readily available everywhere you go, it’s just the matter of knowing what to choose and grabbing it! Try the You Can Cook! Cookbook at the bottom of the page under 'documents' for easy, healthy recipes.

Tip 3: Healthy food affects your body!

What we put into our bodies affects us not only now but in the future and can have both short and long-term effects on our health! Diet may impact on your appearance, feelings, concentration, general health and wellbeing.

Tip 4: Healthy foods don’t have to cost more!

You don’t need to buy expensive food products to eat a healthy diet. Often foods labelled as ‘super foods’, ‘pro-biotic’ etc. come with a higher price tag, but by simply choosing a variety of foods ensures your body gets all the goodness it needs!

A piece of toast or scone often costs less than a packet of crisps/bar of chocolate and making your own sandwich is not only cheaper but often more nutritious! Think about making sensible choices when out and about or even preparing your own!

Tip 5: Are you a healthy weight?

Although keeping an eye on your weight is important for your health, many of you are worrying unnecessarily.

If you have concerns about your weight, speak to your school nurse (if you don’t know who that is, your receptionist or class teacher can tell you) or pop into your doctor’s surgery and make an appointment with the practice nurse/doctor, who will be able to give you some advice.

Tip 6: Being healthy is important if you want to be active!

Many more people eat a balanced diet than you might think! Do you think your favourite sports star survives on junk food?

Being healthy and feeling great is important, so next time you’re grabbing some food choose wisely!

Being Active

Being active is not only a good way to stay fit and healthy but it’s also a great way to meet new people, deal with stress and make you feel better about things.

Whether it's getting off the bus a stop early, or going for a ride, skate or walk, being active is easier than you think. There are also some great clubs and activities in Portsmouth if you want to be involved in competitive sport or simply meet new people.

You can also access a range of venues in the city which include everything from a skate park to golf, swimming and gym sessions through to Velodrome (track cycling)!

They are usually a good place to find out more about what’s going on in your area. More information can be found about facilities such as:

And if none of this interests you then don’t worry – using your feet is the cheapest way to get around and Portsmouth has some great spots to explore on foot – from Southsea to Portsdown Hill. So why not challenge yourself to do something small every day and see how quickly you are feeling the difference? Why not get your mates involved too?!

For further information on healthy weight, you can check out the NHS guide for healthy eating teens and the Solent NHS Trust.

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