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Overview

Making healthy eating a permanent part of your everyday life brings many benefits.

By choosing healthier foods and eating them in the right amounts you’ll:

  • have more control over your weight
  • reduce your risk of chronic diseases. For example: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers
  • have more energy and be able to be more active and move more
  • be less prone to mood swings and stress
  • have increased productivity
  • have healthier hair, clearer skin and stronger nails
  • enjoy better sleep and rest

A healthy diet is not temporary, it means making positive manageable changes that you can live with and benefit from for the rest of your life.

It's about finding the right balance:

  • eating more of the things that are good for you
  • eating less of the things that are not so good for you
  • moving more

You can start planning for a healthier diet by making small, manageable changes and over time those small changes become habits. This could be as simple as swapping chips for boiled potatoes or changing from full fat milk to semi-skimmed.

If you're concerned about your weight and want to make changes please visit our healthy weight pages.

To find out about how you can move more and fit more activity into your daily routine visit our move more pages.

The Greater Manchester Nutrition and Hydration programme has tips and advice for eating and drinking well for older and / or more vulnerable people.

If you're pregnant or have a child under 4 and receiving any sort of benefits, you may be eligible for Healthy Start vouchers. These can be used to buy fruit, vegetables and milk. For more information visit the NHS Healthy Start website.