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Information, Advice and sources of support for young people in Suffolk

Feeling Healthy

“Why is it important?”

Healthy eating, getting enough to drink, moving your body are all very important pillars for good health – not only for how you look, but also for how you feel.

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How can I get more active?

Exercising helps keep your bones and muscles fit and strong, aids digestion and boosts your emotional wellbeing.

To keep fit and healthy, try to aim for an average of 60 minutes of physical activity a day across the week. 

You can do things like walking to school or work, walking the dog, running, cycling, swimming, dancing or playing a sport.
  • These activities should make you breathe faster and feel warmer.
  • You can spread the physical activity throughout the day.
  • Try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting during the day.

Need more ideas to help you get active?

Check out the following:

Movement and Mind connection

Did you know that the more we move the more happier we feel! 

Increasing how much you move each day can improve your emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

Find out more on our Movement and mind page.

Look at the 'Eat Well Feel Well' Campaign

Are you looking for more opportunities to move? Search on our clubs and activities page.
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You could also:

Try these Apps:

  • Get running with NHS Couch to 5K 
  • Download the walking App Active 10 
  • Get Sugar Smart App from Change4Life which tells you how much sugar is in what you’re eating and drinking, just by scanning the barcode of a product! Cut down your sugar intake by downloading the Sugar Smart App
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Have you heard of the Five Ways to wellbeing?

Connect with others
Keep active
Give back or say thank you
Keep learning
Take notice of your surroundings

Try and keep a balance of these 5 things to keep healthy.

Find out more in our Whats 'Up challenge
How can I get the nutrition and energy my body needs?

Try to eat a healthy balanced diet eating a variety of foods and colours of the rainbow.

You need:

  • Energy from carbohydrates (like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread)
  • Building blocks from proteins (like meat, white fish, beans and pulses)
  • Energy from good fats (like oily fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil)
  • Vitamins and minerals (fruits and veg for example)
  • Fibre (from wholegrain foods like pasta, brown bread, nuts, fruit and veg)

For help and tips with healthy eating and dieting, check out the NHS Live Well pages.

Would you like to try cooking? Check out BBC Good Food | Recipes and cooking tips

Who can I speak to about healthy eating advice?

The Feel Good Suffolk for support and advice on healthy living.

Food and feelings:

What we eat influences how we feel and our emotional wellbeing.

All kinds of issues may be linked to what we eat – confidence and self-esteem, migraines, skin health, stress, and tiredness. To find out more, visit the Nutritionist Resource website

How we feel also influences what we eat.

For example we may reach for the chocolates and high energy snacks if we are feeling low or stressed, because short term it helps us feel a little better. This is emotional eating – it’s not a wise long term strategy.

It’s good to practice a healthy relationship with food – How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Food | The Mix.

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Page updated on June 4th, 2024 at 10:25am