Find out what to eat for a healthier you.

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1. Eat well

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is key to maintaining a healthy weight.

Choosing healthier foods doesn't have to be difficult, expensive or boring. There are lots of cheap and tasty ways you and your family can eat well every day to live healthier lives.

Small changes in the food and drink you consume every day can make a huge difference.

Have a look at the best tips and recipes for healthy, balanced eating.

Better Health Campaign

Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment.

Better Health will help capture the imagination of the nation, using this unique moment in time to help kick start our health to eat better and get active

The brand-new Better Health webpage provides tools to help people manage their weight loss – from checking their BMI, to getting access to free support tools including the NHS 12-week weight loss plan.

The NHS 12-week weight loss plan, available via a new app, promotes evidence based safe and sustainable weight loss.

It helps users to make healthier choices, by providing the most up to date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables them to keep track of their calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain.

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2. Emergency food support

Foodbanks

Sadly, food poverty, social isolation and unemployment affect many people across the UK. Some people have limited funds to buy food for themselves and their loved ones.

If you and your family are going hungry and you need help accessing food you can visit a local foodbank in a crisis.

Brixton Advice Centre and the Lambeth Larder have produced The Directory a new booklet providing tips for good, cheap food, saving money and reducing waste. They also have useful information about where to find local help and support, including emergency support

The Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. Foodbanks also offer a lot more than food. Volunteers provide a listening ear to clients over a warm drink, and signpost people to other charities and agencies who can help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis.

Other local foodbanks include:

3. Weight management service

Weight management service

If you’re a patient registered with a Lambeth GP, you can ask for a referral to the new weight management service provided by Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust.

This high-quality, individualised service will include both practical sessions to increase physical activity levels and education to improve quality of diet and reduce energy intake. The combination will help users achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

GP Referral

You will need to ask your GP to make a referral for a clinical assessment. You will be assessed on whether the programme is right for you based on your body mass index (BMI), any long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, and your motivation to change and stick to the plan to find your healthy weight.

For more information please visit the Guy's and St Thomas NHS website.

4. Support with meals

Are you struggling to get to the shops and, or prepare healthy meals for yourself and your family at home?

There are many options available to help you overcome these difficulties.

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