A Balanced Diet
Eating a proper, nutritious diet offers numerous health benefits that keep you mentally and physically well. Proper nutrition doesn’t mean starving yourself, but instead means eating a diet balanced in lean proteins, carbs and fats.
A diet based on starchy foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta; with plenty of fruit and vegetables; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish and lentils; some milk and dairy foods; and not too much fat, salt or sugar, will give you all the nutrients you need.
Exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses and obesity. It's free, easy to take, has an immediate effect on your health. Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.
Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression.
Young People aged 5-18 need:
Many aerobic activities can help you meet your weekly muscle and bone strengthening requirements such as running, gymnastics, martial arts and football.
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