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9. Get on the move, make it a habit!

9. Get on the move, make it a habit!

Physical activity is important for people of all weight ranges and health conditions. It helps us burn off the extra calories, it is good for the heart and circulatory system, it maintains or increases our muscle mass, it helps us focus, and improves overall health well-being. We all could:

  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Go for a walk during lunch breaks (and stretch in our offices in between).
  • Make time for a family weekend activity.

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Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fibre. We should try to eat at least 5 servings a day.

A high salt intake can result in high blood pressure, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. There are different ways to reduce salt in the diet:

Eating a variety of foods, regularly, and in the right amounts is the best formula for a healthy diet.

The right weight for each us depends on factors like our gender, height, age, and genes. Being affected by obesity and overweight increases the risks of a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

Adults need to drink at least 1.5 litres of fluid a day! Or more if it's very hot or they are physically active.

About half the calories in our diet should come from foods rich in carbohydrates, such as cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread. It is a good idea to include at least one of these at every meal.

Fats are important for good health and proper functioning of the body. Different kinds of fats have different health effects, and some of these tips could help us keep the balance right:

Gradual changes in our lifestyle are easier to maintain than major changes introduced all at once. It won’t be difficult to spot where we could improve:

  1. Eat a variety of foods
  2. Base your diet on plenty of foods rich in carbohydrates
  3. Replace saturated with unsaturated fat
  4. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables
  5. Reduce salt and sugar intake...

For good health, we need more than 40 different nutrients, and no single food can supply them all. It is not about a single meal, it is about a balanced food choice over time that will make a difference!

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