Better Health is the UK Government’s national campaign to encourage people to make healthier lifestyle choices by losing weight, getting active and quitting smoking. The campaign offered a range of tools and support to help people manage their health, including mobile applications, online groups, virtual fitness videos and offers with organisations who provide weight loss plans (e.g. Slimming World).
Better health starts with small changes.
One of the most important things you can do to improve your health is to eat a balanced diet. It can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. It can also help you maintain your weight and prevent or treat conditions such as high cholesterol and depression.
It’s essential to cut down on foods that are high in fat and sugar, which can increase your chances of developing heart disease or stroke. Instead, eat foods that are low in fat and high in fibre like fruits and vegetables.
Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, such as brisk walking and strength training. This will boost your energy, reduce your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, improve your sleep and enhance your overall wellbeing.
Better health also involves managing your stress, which can affect your mental and physical health. There are a number of ways to do this, such as meditation, mindfulness and yoga. You can also try taking time out to have fun with your friends and family.