Extensive research has shown that a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle can reduce the likelihood of many different health problems both now and later on in life. Evidence shows that illnesses relating to a poor diet include:
- complications in pregnancy
- type II diabetes
- some cancers
- heart disease and stroke
- mental health issues including dementia, depression, stress and anxiety
- overweight and obesity
- problems with bones and muscles such as arthritis, rheumatism (musculoskeletal)
The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of food we should eat and in what proportions to have a healthy, balanced diet. You don’t need to achieve this balance with every meal but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.
Affordable healthy eating in Warwickshire
Being a healthy weight
Fitter Futures Warwickshire – weight management, healthy eating and physical activity services for families, young people, children and adults
We have commissioned a number of services to help support families, children, young people and adults to lose weight. In addition to these commissioned services, there may be other services too in your community.
- Fitter Futures Warwickshire
- Telephone: 024 7640 0594
Services from Fitter Futures Warwickshire
Overweight in childhood
If you have a child who is primary school age and is overweight, you and your child/children may be able to access support in your local area. One child needs to be overweight to access the service. A parent/carer must attend and siblings are welcome too.
You can contact your child’s School Health and Wellbeing team, a teacher or a health or social care professional such as a pharmacist, GP, consultant, school nurse, health visitor, practice nurse, dentist, midwife, social worker etc. in your local area for support.
The Family Service Change Makers is available for families who have a minimum of one child that is overweight or very overweight. At least one parent or carer must attend with the child. The programmes are 9 weeks long and free of charge. Please contact the Fitter Futures Warwickshire for more information.
Overweight in pregnancy
Having a healthy diet and getting moderate exercise are advised in pregnancy, and it’s important not to gain too much weight. You can keep to a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet and getting exercise. A midwife will be able to advise on what is considered as healthy weight gain during pregnancy.
Overweight pregnant mothers can attend the Fitter Futures Warwickshire 12 week physical activity/healthy lifestyles on referral service. For more information please see above or contact Fitter Futures Warwickshire for further information.