eat well

How healthy is your food?

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important to maintain good health, and a healthy weight. Choosing healthier foods is easier than you might think. There are lots of cheap and tasty ways you and your family can eat well every day. There are lots of small changes you and your family can make to the food and drink you consume to eat well, every day.

8 top tips for eating well:

  1. Base your meals on starchy foods
  2. Eat lots of fruit and veg
  3. Eat more fish – including a portion of oily fish each week
  4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  5. Eat less salt – no more than 6g a day for adults
  6. Get active and be a healthy weight
  7. Don’t get thirsty
  8. Don’t skip breakfast


Leaner, Lower, Less!

  • Choose leaner cuts of meat and poultry, remove any visible fat.
  • Go for lower fat, salt and sugar products – especially dairy and starchy carbohydrate foods.
  • Use less oils and spreads. Choose foods high in fat, salt and sugar less often

  • Islington Sugar Smart

    SUGAR SMART is a campaign that supports local businesses, schools, children’s centres, sports / leisure centres, workplaces, hospitals and community organisations to promote healthier,low-sugar alternatives and to limit less healthy food and drink choices.

    We want our borough to become a SUGAR SMART borough where healthy food is available in a range of settings and where making the healthy choice is the easy choice. We’re asking businesses and organisations to get involved and take action on reducing sugar and raising awareness.


    With cheap sugary food and drink available everywhere, most people consume too much sugar and it’s bad for our health. In 2015 it was recommended that the population’s intake of free sugar be halved and consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks minimised by both children and adults.

    The new recommendations are as follows:

    Age Maximum daily intake of free sugars Sugar cubes
    2 years old No more than 13g per day 3 sugar cubes
    3 years old No more than 15g per day 4 sugar cubes
    4–6 years No more than 19g per day 5 sugar cubes
    7–10 years No more than 24g per day 6 sugar cubes
    11 years to adult No more than 30g per day 7 sugar cubes

    Get involved

    Any local business, organisation or employer can sign up to the campaign on the SUGAR SMART website. There are lots of suggestions for actions that help people to reduction their sugar intake, or you can come up with your own innovative idea and email that to Julie Edgecombe.

    To join the campaign, you need to agree to the following:

    1. State your commitment: Sign up to Sugar Smart and tell your employees, customers, patients and clients.
    2. Make your Pledge: aim to be as ambitious as possible to make healthy food and drink more affordable and accessible, and to promote healthy food
    3. Spread the word: spread the message about reducing the amount and prominence of products high in fat, salt and sugar to your customers, employees, suppliers and other key stakeholders and publicise your involvement in Sugar Smart Islington

    Once you have signed up, your business will be featured on the national SUGAR SMART website

    Sugar Smart Card

  • NHS Healthy Start Scheme

    Healthy Start financially helps pregnant women and families with children aged 3 and under to buy milk, fruit, vegetables, and infant formula.

    If you’re under 18 and pregnant, or pregnant or with a child aged 3 and under and on low income or certain benefits, you could be entitled to Healthy Start payments.

    Check if you’re eligible for the payments and apply online on the Healthy Start website.

  • Food Waste

    There are lots of great ways that you can reduce your food waste at home.

    Plan your meals, buy the right amount of food you need, use your leftovers in other meals, store things correctly, freeze things when you can! Watch the video below to find out more.