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Diet and Exercise

Approximately 2/3 of the adult population in Scotland are overweight or obese. Obesity is a leading cause of life-threatening illnesses including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eating healthily is about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. The eatwell plate highlights the different types of foods that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a well balanced and healthy diet. Click here to visit the nhs.uk website for more information on healthy eating.


Eatwell plate


The Department of Health recommends that adults should do 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Those aged 18 and under should be doing an hour each day. By meeting these recommendations of physical activity, your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes is reduced by up to 50%. Click here to visit nhs.uk for more information on exercise.


Click here for the Physical Activity Guideline for Adults



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