Please see below healthy lifestyle advice and information from local and national organisations.
Healthy Start Voucher ~ you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. Available if you are pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18. There are lots of delicious things you can make with the milk, fruit and veg you buy with your Healthy Start vouchers. Remember if you can’t find the fresh fruit and veg you need for a recipe why not try frozen? www.healthystart.nhs.uk
Food4Families Reading, encourages healthy eating and lifestyle, they offer courses on cooking and growing your own food, also develop community gardens with the support of local residents. Visit their website to find out more. www.food4families.org.uk
Healthy lifestyle ideas for children & young people
In the Reading area there is Let's Get Going a free 10 week healthy lifestyle after school club. To find out more visit. www.lets-get-going.co.uk
Berkshire Youth have an About Fit 4 Youth programme to inspire young people aged 7 to 16 years and families to lead healthier lives. www.berkshireyouth.co.uk/projects/fit-4-youth
Cbeebies ~ Healthy eating for children helpful information for parents. www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/portion-sizes-for-kids
Change4Life ~ Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier? Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life. Joining is a brilliant first step to get the most out of Change4Life. Our quick assessment will help you discover the right places for you to start making a change. www.nhs.uk/change4life
Change4Life - Weight Loss Resources is getting it right! The ethos behind Weight Loss Resources matches the idea behind the Government initiative – Change for Life. www.weightlossresources.co.uk
National charities that promote healthy lifestyles to help manage and prevent certain conditions.
Diabetes UK ~ Being diagnosed with diabetes means that looking after your health has become even more important. This section of the Guide to diabetes includes information about maintaining a healthy diet, keeping active and monitoring your health. www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/can-diabetes-be-prevented
Blood Pressure UK ~ High blood pressure can develop at any age: many people in their 40s and younger have it and lead full and active lives. www.bloodpressureuk.org/BloodPressureandyou/Yourlifestyle
British Heart Foundation ~ There are many things you can do to keep your heart healthy - whatever your age. Taking exercise, eating a healthy diet, encouraging children to be heart healthy and being aware of dangers such as smoking, drinking, high blood pressure, and stress are all important for your long term heart health. www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living
Stroke Awareness ~ A healthy, enjoyable diet can reduce some of the causes of stroke and help you to recover. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables (aim for 5 portions per day) and try to include oily fish, such as trout, salmon, sardines and mackerel in meals 3 times a week. Replace fatty foods with low fat alternatives. This will help to stop your arteries narrowing, lower cholesterol and also keep your weight at a healthy level. www.nhs.uk/stroke prevention