A critical part of leading a healthy lifestyle is to eat a well-balanced diet, which includes a variety of fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, in today’s society it is very common for our diets to lack nutritional value and contain high amounts of sugar, fat and salt. This is having a detrimental effect on physical health and wellbeing.

Health related issues could include:

  • being overweight or obese and the problems this can cause
  • tooth decay
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • heart disease and stroke
  • type-2 diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • some cancers
  • depression and poor mental health
  • eating disorders

In an attempt to improve the choices young people make around their diet, we will be working with our students within a variety of contexts to educate, encourage and motivate them to have a nutritional and well-balanced diet. We also hope to encourage parents/carers to take an active role in supporting students to make any necessary changes. To do this we suggest the following:

  • The GORSE Gets Healthy Twitter and Instagram accounts have many exciting and useful tips on keeping healthy. This will include ideas on how to improve your diet. There will be regular posts on how to prepare healthy cost effective meals – @gorsegethealthy
  • We will be delivering a number of health and nutrition sessions for students, parents and carers. Please attend these sessions with your children to improve your knowledge of health and fitness.
  • We are currently in the process of filming a GORSE gets healthy, healthy eating series. The series will look at producing low cost, healthy meals which are quick and easy to make. Please click on the link below for the 1st episode.
  • Use the information on this website and try implement the guidelines at home. The small changes will add up quickly!
  • Across the GORSE Academies Trust, we will not be permitting energy drinks, fizzy drinks, chocolate or sweets. This is to encourage students to opt for healthier options. If students bring these items onto academy premises, they will receive a negative comment. Please encourage your child to think about the healthier options they can include in their pack-up and for snacks.
  • GORSE gets Healthy is working closely with Taylor Shaw to ensure we are supplying all students with tasty and nutritional meals every day.
  • If your child brings a pack up to school, use our pack-up support page to ensure you are providing your child with a nutritious meal each day.

A well-balanced diet provides important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep the body and mind strong and healthy. Eating well can also help ward off numerous diseases and health complications, as well as helping maintain a healthy body weight, providing energy, allowing better sleep, and improving brain function.

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Balanced Diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.

But what does a balanced diet look like?

This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The eat well plate shows you exactly what types of food you should be eating and how much.

In a nutshell, healthy eating involves:

  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables every day – the larger the variety the better
  • Meals should consist of potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates; choosing wholegrain versions where possible
  • Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks); choosing less sugary options
  • Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)
  • Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts
  • Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of fluid a day
  • If consuming foods and drinks high in fat, salt or sugar have these less often and in small amounts

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