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Use a list of useful tools to find more about your health.

BMI

BMI is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height. Calculate your BMI and gain some useful tips and information.

  • BMI below 18.5: a score this low means that you may be underweight.
  • BMI 18.5-24.9: this is a healthy range. It shows that you're a healthy weight for your height.
  • BMI 25.0 or more: your BMI is above the ideal range. This means that you're heavier than is healthy for someone of your height.

5 A Day : face made up of fruit and vegetables

5 A Day 

Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. That's why it so important that we get enough of them.

What is 5 A Day all about? View online recommendation chart with useful advice and information.

Watch 5 A Day video by NHS for information on how can you get your five portions of fruit and vegetables.

Create a weekly 5 A Day meal planner and shopping list in five simple steps. Try the meal planner tool, it makes healthy eating simple with ideas for meals.

Useful link

Get the balance of your diet right. Visit eat well for more information.


Understanding food labels food label : food labels

The Food Standards Agency has issued useful guidelines to help you decide if a food is high in fat or sugar.

  • Low fat = less than three grams of fat per 100 grams. 
  • High fat = more than 20 grams of fat per 100 grams.
  • Low sugar = less than five grams of sugar per 100 grams.
  • High sugar = more than 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams.

Most of the big supermarkets and many food manufacturers are using a new front-of-pack food labelling system that uses traffic light colours. This gives an at-a-glance guide to the five key factors:

  • Fat content
  • Saturated fat content
  • Sugar content
  • Salt content 
  • Calories

Red means high, amber means medium and green means low. And, because it's on the front of food packets, you can see it immediately.

But what does it mean? In short, the more green lights, the healthier the choice.

Last updated: Wed 25 Jan 2012 at 13:16