Healthy eating information
Eating well and having a healthy lifestyle can help us to feel our best and make a big difference to our long-term health.
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The Eatwell Guide shows the proportions in which different types of foods are needed to have a well-balanced and healthy diet. The proportions shown are representative of the food and drink we consume over the period of a day or even a week, not necessarily at each meal time.
Click on the image of the Eatwell Guide for more information about the food groups and the foods that belong in each group.
The Eatwell Guide applies to most people regardless of weight, dietary restrictions, preferences or ethnic origin however, it doesn’t apply to children under 2 because they have different nutritional needs. Between the ages of 2 and 5, children should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family, in the proportions shown in the Eatwell Guide. Anyone with special dietary requirements or medical needs might want to check with a registered dietitian on how to adapt the Eatwell Guide to meet their individual needs.
For further information about the Eatwell Guide click on the image to view or download this booklet here
This short film provides more information about how to follow the Eatwell Guide recommendations.
For simple steps to help you enjoy a variety of food, eat the right amount to be a healthy weight and ensure you have the nutrients your body needs, click on the image to see our Tip Top Ideas to Eat Well in Wales booklet.
Click on the image to view or download this booklet here.
Take a look at some examples of interactive games and resources that can help you, your friends and family to learn more about food and health. These games are just a few examples of activities we’ve developed with local communities to use in the Nutrition Skills for Life® food and health programmes and accredited courses.
The Eatwell Guide shows the five main food groups that form a healthy balanced diet. Choosing a wide variety of different foods from each group will make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and work properly. To find out which foods belong in each of the food groups, have a go at this Eatwell Guide interactive game. Are there any surprises?
Fruit and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and fibre and can be either fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced. There is evidence to show that having at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day can lower the risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
So what counts as a portion? Try this interactive game to find out more
Many of us are consuming too much sugar; it isn’t always obvious which foods and drinks this sugar comes from. This game demonstrates which drinks are high in sugar and therefore best to avoid or have less often and in small amounts. Which drinks are better for our health and why?
Reading food labels can help us to choose healthier options. Front of pack labels help us to check ‘at a glance’ whether a food has a high (red), medium (amber) of low (green) amount of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt per 100g of the food. Take a look at this example front of pack label to find out more