Being healthy is important for us all. Salford City Council is keen to promote a healthy lifestyle to the residents and visitors of the city. There are often mixed messages surrounding healthy eating in the media. This page will direct you to more detailed sources of information that can really help you in making healthier food choices and becoming more active. It is important to eat a well-balanced diet, but what does this mean?
There are five main food groups, which are listed below, and a healthy diet should consist of food from each of these groups:
- Bread, cereal (including breakfast cereals) and starchy foods (e.g. potatoes)
- Fruit (including fresh fruit juice) and vegetables
- Meat and fish
- Milk and dairy foods
- Fat and sugar
It is difficult to know in what proportion these foods should be eaten and to assist with this the Food Standards Agency have designed the Eatwell Plate. In addition Salford are working with local catering businesses that are committed to providing healthier foods to their customers through the Greater Manchester Healthier Catering Award.
The Food Standards Agency recommends eight tips for eating well:
- Base your meals on starchy foods, eg bread, cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables (recommended ‘5 A Day' programme)
- Eat more fish
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
- Try to eat less salt (no more than 6g a day)
- Get active and try to be a healthy weight
- Drink plenty of water
- Don't skip breakfast
For more detailed information visit the NHS Choices web pages, that includes lots of advice and useful tools to help you become healthier and more active, for instance:
- Healthy food recipes, including ideas for more ‘fussy' eaters
- Meal planner suggestions
- The supermarket health checker
- How babies, young children, adults and the elderly can eat healthier
- How to get active and how to find services in your local area
If you feel your health is suffering due to your weight or diet, visit your local GP (doctor) who will be able to help with advice or referral to specialist services.
Further information is available from:
- Healthier catering in your workplace (Adobe PDF format, 1.2mb)
- Healthier catering recipe book (Adobe PDF format, 2.9mb)
- Healthier vending guidance (Adobe PDF format, 1.5mb)
If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.
This page was last updated on 4 December 2013