​Healthy eating

Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to keep healthy and well. Eating healthily is simple. Try:

  • eating a wide range of foods;
  • eating lots of fruit and vegetables;
  • keeping an eye on your calorie intake; and 
  • drinking plenty of water.

You can find a range of advice, tools and healthy eating facts and local services available to help you on the Southwark Council website and the NHS Choices healthy eating pages. You can learn how to prepare healthy meals for your family, achieve a balanced diet and how to become an expert calorie counter. For specific information on eating well with type 1 and type 2 diabetes go to the living with diabetes page.

Maintaining a healthy weight

Being overweight or obese usually happens when people eat more calories than they need to. A healthy diet and active lifestyle should help you manage your weight.

People come in all shapes and sizes and a healthy weight for you might be different to your friends and family. The easiest and simplest way to check if you are a healthy weight is by measuring your Body Mass Index (BMI).

The NHS Choices website also gives you information about the health risks associated with obesity and more tips on how to lose weight and also a BMI calculator