Healthy Eating in Suffolk
Take Out Eat Well award recognises and supports the work of fast food businesses making it easier for customers who are buying 'food on the go' to make healthier eating choices
You can find out more about how businesses can achieve the award and where award winning takeaways are located
The Eat Out Eat Well award recognises the work of caterers running cafes, staff canteens and restaurants who are making it easier for customers to make healthier eating choices
Making healthier food choices easily available for people when they’re eating out helps maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of several long-term health conditions
The Suffolk Food Plan is a way of people in neighbourhoods, schools and workplaces coming together to make a difference to the food system in their local place by focusing on a particular food concern or idea and putting a collaborative action plan in place
OneLife provide several different FREE weight management programmes for adults and children, including Slimming World on referral. OneLife Suffolk can advise on the right approach for you
The Eat Well Guide shows what makes up a healthy, balanced adult diet.
Some of the highlights are:
- eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables per day (around a third of your diet)
- base meals on starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice or pasta
- drink plenty, water is a great option, fruit juice and/or smoothies should be limited to no more than a combined total of 150ml per day
- choose lower fat or dairy alternatives
- eat less red meat and more beans/pulses and fish
- choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts
Change4Life offers lots of practical tips, support and advice to support you and your family to eat well, move more and live longer. There are apps and competitions. 4 million people have already signed up.
Follow the links to see:
- Sugar Swaps for Kids
- Meal ideas and recipes
- School's National Child Measurement Programme
- 5 A DAY
- Understanding food labels
- and more...
NHS Choices offer further information and tips on eating smart and losing weight.
Why is healthy eating important?
A healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best.
This means eating a wide variety of foods and drinks in the right proportions to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. It is recommended that men have around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). Women should have around 2,000 calories a day (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer calories.
A Guide for the African & Caribbean Community on diabetes
Members of black, asian and other minority ethnic groups are at an increased risk of chronic health conditions at a lower BMI than the white population. Diabetes is an example of this. More information from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommendations on awareness raising. Support is available via Diabetes UK.
Locally, Ipswich Hospital Trust and the Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum (CACHSF) have produced a short video guide on diabetes. If you would like to contact the Forum, you can do this by email CACHSF Twitter @CACHSF_
Please get in touch if you have a healthy eating question or are enquiring about services in Suffolk.
Last Updated: September 2020 Next Review : March 2021