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Eating for good health

Healthy eating

Making healthy choices now will mean you can live a healthy and independent life in the future.

Eating a healthy balanced diet can lower your risk of developing certain health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes and can help you feel well.

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

LiveWell Dorset is a free service for adults who would like support to change their lifestyle. They have information to help you to manage your weight, increase your physical activity and reduce your alcohol intake.

Staying hydrated

Drinking enough water has many benefits including a reduction in constipation, urinary infections, and headaches. It will also improve blood pressure and sleeping patterns. In general, you are very likely to feel better as a result of drinking more.

It's recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. This does not have to be water. You can drink tea, coffee, fruit juice or squash - but avoid sugary fizzy drinks as they contain unnecessary calories, which can lead to weight gain.

As you get older, you start to feel thirsty less even though your body still needs the same amount of fluid. It's important to drink plenty even if you don't feel thirsty.

Learn more about why drinking water is important for your health from LiveWell Dorset.

NHS Choices has more information about dehydration.

Maintaining a healthy weight

Losing weight without meaning to

If you're concerned that you, or someone you know, is losing weight without dieting, there is information available to advise you from NHS Choices such as advice about being underweight

Losing weight is not a normal part of the ageing process and if you're concerned about losing weight, you should see your GP.

Intentional weight loss

If you want to lose weight, the NHS has created a 12-week weight loss plan available to download as an app or paper version. If you’re struggling to know what to cook, the Easy Meals app will provide you with ideas, shopping lists and recipes to get you started.

You can access free easy ten minute work outs from Public Health England or try other exercise videos at home on the NHS Fitness Studio. Sport England also has tips for keeping active at home.

Kick start your weight loss journey

If you're living with obesity, losing weight can reduce your risk of developing some serious health problems. It will add years to your life and improve your long-term health. LiveWell Dorset can help through telephone coaching and, if you’re eligible, vouchers to join your local slimming group for 12 weeks. Learn more and apply.’