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. 

Find out more about Public Health England eating campaigns by clicking on the images above (OneYou, Change 4 Life and the Eatwell Guide).

Find out more about Eat Out Eat Well Suffolk's healthier eating award for cafe's, restaurants and staff canteens.  Watch out for our new award for takeaway businesses, Take Out Eat Well , coming soon (September 2018).

Business in the Community and Public Health England have developed  an employer tool-kit  for physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight. Guidance on healthier and sustainable catering is also available.

The Eat Well Guide

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

Click on the picture below to find out about portions and what counts in each food group.

Eat Well guide diagram with food groups


Change for Life

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.

NHS Choices offer further information and tips on eating smart and losing weight.

Need to lose weight?

Most adults in England are overweight or obese. Check whether you're a healthy weight using the BMI calculator.

OneLife Suffolk provide free tips and practical advice on eating smart.

OneLife provide several different FREE weight management programmes for adults and children, including Slimming World on referral. The weight management services are designed to create long lasting shifts in behaviour and give you the support and tools you need to achieve your health goals. OneLife Suffolk can advise on the right approach for you.

You can contact OneLife Suffolk on 01473 718193 or




The Eat Out Eat Well Scheme

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. Suffolk has two healthier eating schemes, follow the links below to find out more.

The Eat Out Eat Well scheme recognises the work of caterers running cafes, staff canteens and restaurants who are making it easier for customers to make healthier eating choices. 

Eat Out Eat Well



Take Out Eat Well is a new award developed in Suffolk by Suffolk County Council's Public Health Team and the District and Borough Councils to recognise and support the work of fast food businesses making it easier for customers who are buying 'food on the go' to make healthier eating choices. The award is launching autumn 2018. Follow the link for the latest news.

Take Out Eat Well



Diabetes - A Guide for the African & Caribbean Community

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 NICE can be found here.  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.  Contact the Forum by email info@cachsf or via Twitter @CACHSF_ 

Contact us

Click here if:

  • You have a healthier eating question
  • Your question is to do with one of our healthier eating awards (Eat Out Eat Well or Take Out Eat Well
Last Updated: August 2018
Next Review : July 2019