It is important to eat healthily as it helps you to:
- Keep your energy levels up and sleep better
- Look after your immune system
- Reduce your risk of health conditions, like diabetes, strokes and cancer
- Helps you to look after your heart
- Have strong bones and joints
- Have good mental health
- Manage your existing health conditions
There are lots of things you can do, like:
- Eat 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day
- Eat less sugary and salty foods – check the labels
- Eat more beans, fish, eggs and lean meat (e.g. chicken breast)
- Choose wholegrain pasta, rice and brown bread, and cut down on carbs
- Go for lower fat cheese, milk and butter
- Drink lots of water
- Drink less alcohol – have 2 or 3 alcohol-free days a week
For more guidance and advice on eating healthy, take a look at the NHS website.
Cook with us using our online recipe demonstrations
On our YouTube channel you can find cooking demonstrations you can use to try out a new, simple, healthy meal.
Top tips for cooking on a budget
The Cost of Living Response team and Our Newham Money have produced a guide with top tips on saving money on your food shop. Take a look at their guide here.
Every primary school child in Newham can have a delicious and nutritious FREE school meal every day. This can save your family £500 a year! Speak to your school office for more information or fill out this form.
Find out more about African and Caribbean diets
A healthy diet and lifestyle are essential for preventing or managing serious illness if you're from an African or Caribbean background.
South Asian diets and cholesterol
Everyone needs to look after their cholesterol levels for a healthy heart, and if you’re from a South Asian background, it’s even more important.
How can I get help to buy food?
If you are worried that you cannot afford to buy food, or you want to find ways to save money when buying food, there is lots of support out there you can make use of.
Grow your own food
Growing your own food is a great way to keep active and to grow healthy and nutritious food.
How babies and children are fed affects their life long health and well-being. Newham Baby Feeding is here to support you and provide reliable information
Call, text or WhatsApp Newham Baby Feeding Helpline: 07534249611 or visit their website below.
Find local support services
The services below are free to Newham residents to help you to eat healthily.
Nutrition Kitchen Free Nutrition Course
12 week cooking and physical activity programme for adults
Get support from a Health & Wellbeing Coach at your GP practice
Health & Wellbeing Coaches work in GP practices and are part of the NHS. They are here to give you extra support to achieve your health goals, such as stopping smoking, losing weight or being more active.
Parent nutrition webinars run by expert registered nutritionists
Sign up to attend our free webinars on baby weaning and toddler meals and snacks with registered nutritionists. We also have many free online courses you can view at any time on topics such as good nutrition for your toddler, feeding your baby in the first year, fussy eating strategies and eating well in pregnancy.
Free help to lose weight and get active
Join one of our free programmes to lose weight and get active.
Find a free hot meal near you
Warm Havens also offer hot meals. Find a warm haven near you.
Need help with food?
The Newham Food Alliance can connect you into a local food bank.
ELFT Community Disordered Eating team for over 18s
The East London Eating Disorder Service, covering the boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and City and Hackney, consists of enthusiastic clinicians from various professional backgrounds who are passionate about eating disorder treatment. The team provides multiple functions, such as triaging new referrals, providing assessments, and specialist treatment where suitable.
Healthy Eating in Pregnancy
Take a look at our Pregnancy page for resources on healthy eating for pregnant people.
Free Healthy Start Vitamins
From May 2021, all pregnant women, new mothers and children under the age of 4 years can access FREE vitamins including the recommended amount of Vitamin D in Newham.
Healthy Start Food Scheme
There are over 2000 eligible families in Newham who are missing out on payments to buy vegetables, fruit, legume/lentils/beans and milk.
A healthy diet, a healthier world
This video from the World Health Organisation explains why it is so important that we focus on healthy eating in our community.
How the food you eat affects your brain
This video from Mia Nacamulli explains what happens in your brain after eating certain types of food.