A balanced diet is important for good health. A healthy and varied diet can help you to reduce the risk of a number of diseases. It can also assist maintaining a healthy body weight and enhance general wellbeing. Good health is essential in leading a full and active life.
For more information about healthy eating the following links will provide you with a variety of information:
Health challenge Wales is running a campaign to promote healthier lifestyles and has food and physical activity as one of its key themes.
Get going with Change4Life Wales - Loads of ways for the family to enjoy being active this summer
Families on certain benefits can get free milk, fruit and vegetables.
Healthy Start is open to pregnant women and families with children under the age of four who are on:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit)
- All pregnant women under the age of 18 also qualify, whether or not they are on benefits.
Once accepted on to the scheme, pregnant women and families receive a set of vouchers through the post every four weeks. Each voucher is worth £3.10 and can be exchanged for any combination of milk, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and infant formula milk in registered shops.
As well as receiving the vouchers you will also get lots of health advice about healthy eating, breastfeeding, infant feeding and using the vouchers.
Weaning your Baby
Get Connected – Free confidential help for young people under 25.
b-eat – Beat provides helplines, online support and a network of UK wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.
Community Food Co-Operatives
A Food Co-Op is a simple system through which people can access affordable, quality fresh fruit, vegetables and salad on a weekly basis at a local community venue.
There are food co-ops running across Wales fromschools, community houses, church halls, drop-ins, offices and many other different venues.
Anyone can use a co-op and there is no membership or constitution needed to run one.
For more information, advice or assistance on how to become involved, either as a customer or a volunteer, please contact your local Food Development Worker: West Wales – Abigail Morrison – Tel: 07875 224718 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org