Please see below healthy lifestyle advice and information from local and national organisations.
Page reviewed November 2022
Local organisation for healthy eating.
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
National organisations for healthy eating.
Healthy Start Scheme ~ the Healthy Start Scheme has replaced the vouchers with a pre-paid card (which is added to every 4 weeks with the benefit families are eligible to) that can be used to buy 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. www.healthystart.nhs.uk
NHS Live Well website has lots of information on healthy eating, weight, exercise etc.. www.nhs.uk/live-well
Healthy lifestyle ideas for children & young people.
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/what-we-do/youth-programmes/fit4youth
Cbeebies ~ Healthy eating for children helpful information for parents. www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/portion-sizes-for-kids
NHS Healthier Families (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? www.nhs.uk/healthier-families
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