NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging Wiltshire residents to eat healthier as part of Public Health England’s ONE YOU campaign.
What you eat, and how much, is very important for your health, and most of us are still not eating enough fruit and vegetables which should make up over a third of the food we eat each day.
Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said, “Give yourself a chance of enjoying a longer, healthier life by simply making some small changes to your eating habits. Introducing more fruit and vegetables into your meals and trying to eat more freshly prepared food will make a positive difference to your health. It‘s never too late to change your eating habits and eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated, boring or expensive, it’s an important part of maintaining good health.”
The recommendation is that you should be aiming to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day and cut back on eating foods that are high in fat and sugar.
Making better choices on what you eat can have a huge influence on your health and help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and can reduce your risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life.
Dr Richard Sandford-Hill GP in Market Lavington added, “Our lifestyles can be unhealthier than we think and without knowing it, many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life because of bad eating habits. Eating the wrong things combined with drinking more than we should, or just not being active enough, can all add up to an unhealthy you.”
Find out more about the small changes you can make to help you eat more healthily and take the ‘how are you’ quiz on the NHS One You website: www.nhs.uk/oneyou.