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Start your journey to better health

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Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier or start moving more, there are lots of free tools and support available.

To support your journey, find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters.  If anxiety is affecting your ability to start making healthy changes, try accessing the free resources and information from Anxiety UK.  Information and support is also available from Mind UK for anyone living with a mental health problem.

There has never been a better time to focus on your health. Let's do this!

Eating healthily

By making a few swaps you can make a big difference to your eating habits:

Swaps

  • Swap white breads for wholegrain bread
  • Swap creamy or cheesy sauces for tomato or vegetable-based sauces. These are great with pasta, meat or fish dishes
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat.  For example, swap streaky bacon for back bacon
  • Swap some foods that are high in calories/energy, fat, salt and sugars for more fruit and veg
  • Swap a coffee made with whole milk to a skinny coffee made with semi-skimmed or skimmed milk
  • Swap fizzy drinks for cordials with no added sugar
  • For snacks try vegetables such as carrot sticks and sugar snap peas

Top tips

  • Try adding vegetables to meat dishes to make your meals go further. Or try a few vegetarian meals during the week to keep costs down.
  • Frozen fruit and vegetables are great. They come pre-chopped and ready to use, are just as good for you (try to avoid those with added salt, sugar or fat), and are often cheaper than fresh kinds.
  • Pulses, such as beans, lentils and peas, are some of the cheapest foods on the supermarket shelf.  These pulses are low in calories/energy and fat but packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals, and also count towards your 5 A Day.
  • Try planning your week's meals to include ingredients you have already got in and avoid buying items you already have.
  • Special discounts, such as buy-one-get-one-free (BOGOF) deals, can offer good value, but be careful.  Try buying items you need and are likely to keep and use. Tinned, frozen fruit and veg, or rice and pasta, are good examples.
  • If you have a toddler try encouraging them to eat the same meals as you Try blending or chopping up their portion to suit their age and freeze extra child-sized portions for later.  Just be careful not to add any salt to their portions and be careful with spicy food.
  • You could save money by buying cheaper brands than you normally do.  There's not always much difference between value and premium ranges. Give it a go and let your taste buds be the judge, not the shiny label.
  • Buying seasonal vegetables can be cheaper!
  • For more top tips and further information on how to read a label visit The Association of UK Dieticians

Moving more

Everyone should aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none, and more is better still. If your goal is weight loss, it is recommended that physical activity is combined with healthy eating.

Top tips

  • Do an activity suited to your age, ability and most importantly something that you will enjoy
  • Keep the activity fun by playing your favourite music
  • Start small and build it up
  • Reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity
  • Make the most of online sessions where you can
  • Get out in the fresh air and enjoy Staffordshire’s countryside
  • Get the whole family involved

Local services and further support

  • Everyone Health Service offer a free healthy lifestyle service to Staffordshire residents, to help them lose weight and get more active. For more information, please visit their website, call  0333 005 0095 or email  eh.staffs@nhs.net.
  • If you want to be more active the Activity Finder will help you to find a range of activities in Staffordshire, or use the ‘live’ and ‘on demand’ searches and be active at home.

Apps and further support

  • Check out these Free Apps that will help you to eat healthier and move more
  • With our app finder you can search for Health and Wellbeing Apps such as, healthy eating, improving your mental wellbeing, keeping active and managing health conditions
  • For help planning healthier mealtimes check out these low cost, simple Recipes
  • Check out Change 4 Life to find easy ways to eat well and move more
  • The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a balanced diet.
  • Better Health has a range of support and tools to support you to Lose Weight and Move More
  • Check out these helpful tips on how to Eat Well for Less and Healthier Takeaways
  • Cannock Chase Can is a local programme to help Cannock Chase residents improve their health and wellbeing. For further information, updates and developments visit their website or Facebook page ‘Cannock Chase Can’.

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