Eating a healthy balanced diet is important for achieving and maintaining good health. Eating a variety of foods and consuming less sugar, salt and unhealthy fats can not only protect you against chronic disease but can also lift your mood and help you to feel more energised.
BMI is a measure that adults can use to see if they are a healthy weight for their height. For most adults, an ideal BMI is between 18 and 25. If your BMI is over 25, you weigh more than is ideal for your height.
kICK START YOUR HEALTH
If you’re overweight, losing weight has many health benefits.
Making small, simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking can really help you lose the pounds. Better Health is there for you with lots of free tools and support.
Eating healthily can cost less than you might think. There are plenty of healthy options available which will not just help you to live a healthier lifestyle but will also help your bank balance.
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Healthy meal ideas
Tuck into healthy recipes.
We’ve got plenty of quick and tasty salads, soups and mains to leave you feeling nourished.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’ve got you covered.
Tucking into a lunch that’s packed with flavour and nutrients is a great way to bring a little joy to your day.
From soups and salads to beefed up sarnies and frittata, check out our healthy lunch recipes for easy, delicious ideas.
Explore our selection of delicious healthy dinner recipes that pack in the good stuff without compromising on flavour.
From gorgeous veg-packed curries, fresh and vibrant stir fries and hearty meatballs, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Three tools to help you eat well
NHS Food scanner app
We all know we need to cut back on sugar, salt and saturated fat, but how can we easily know how much of these are in our foods?
A quick scan of your favourite foods with this app will tell you all you need to know.
NHS weight loss food diary
Download our free 12-week diet and exercise plan. The plan, which has been downloaded more than 4 million times, is designed to help you lose weight safely – and keep it off.
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
THE NHS BETTER HEALTH CAMPAIGN
The new campaign offers free evidence-based support and guidance to those working towards a healthier weight. There are a variety of NHS endorsed apps which will help people to introduce changes that will help them eat better and get active this summer, including the newly updated NHS Weight Loss Plan App.
THE NHS WEIGHT LOSS PLAN
Download the free NHS weight loss plan to help you start healthier eating habits, be more active, and start losing weight. The plan is broken down into 12- weeks so you can set weight loss goals, use the BMI calculator to customise your plan, plan your meals, make healthier food choices, get more active and record your activity and progress.
THE NHS DIGITAL WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
Supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension, or both, to manage their weight and improve their health. It is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme that people can access via a smartphone or computer with internet access.