A healthy diet can give you the right kind of food to help you grow, have energy and be happy.
What is a healthy diet?
A healthy, balanced diet includes different types of food, like:
- Plenty of fruit or vegetables
- Some starchy food, like bread, pasta and cereals (wholemeal and wholegrain are better)
- A smaller quantity of protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and lentils
- Some dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.
Different people need different amounts of food, and what works for some people won't work for others. The important thing is to find what works for you.
Crucial: Can't afford to eat? Every year, some people find themselves stretched by changes to benefits, sudden unemployment or other crises in their lives. Your local foodbank can help, but you will need to be referred. Your GP, the Citizens Advice Bureau, or another organisation can explain how it works and refer you, or you can find out more from the Food Access Services in Oxford. In Abingdon, Wantage and Didcot, foodbanks are run by local churches; wherever you are in Oxfordshire, you can can get help.
Too much sugar?
Eating too much sugar can lead to health problems right away (like tooth decay) and in the future (like diabetes). But do you know how much sugar you eat? Or how you can make sure it's not too much?
In this video young people from Rose Hill talk about young people's health and sugar: