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Healthy Living continues to inform and advise the public and a host of professionals including policy makers, academics, businesses and local councils on health-related issues in an attempt to bridge the gap between scientific research findings, policy and practice.


Information on a number of health related issues looking at topics such as health inequalities, the food we eat, what we are doing to tackle the obesity problem, the relationship between a person’s health and the work that they do as well as the relationship between the environment and human health.


Reducing screen time also contributes to a health living environment.

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Calorie Counter

Use this form to calculate your recommended daily calorie intake.

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Healthy Meals

A gallery of healthy meal images for inspiration.

Fun Facts:

  • Apples are made of 25% air, which is why they float
  • Avocado has highest protein content of all fruit
  • Cherries are a member of the rose family
  • There are close to 10,000 varieties of apples
  • Cucumbers are 96% water
  • Fresh eggs sink in water and rotten eggs will float
A happy slice of toast A basket of healthy food A healthy salad Healthy fruit smoothies
Healthy burger Banana meals1 Avocado toast and eggs Fresh fruit and yoghurt
Sliced avocado Fresh fruit and cereal A healthy fruit and veg salad Assorted ideas for toast toppings child in kitchen
Healthy salad Fried egg and veg salad Bouled egg and veg salad Fresh fruit and cereal

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Recipies

Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes

A quick and easy low-calorie breakfast that can be whipped up in ten minutes with only a few ingredients.

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  1. In a bowl, mash 1 large banana with a fork until it resembles a thick puree.
  2. Stir in 2 beaten eggs, a pinch of baking powder (gluten-free if coeliac) and a splash of vanilla extract
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan or pancake pan over a medium heat and brush with ½ tsp oil.
  4. Using half the batter, spoon two pancakes into the pan, cook for 1-2 mins each side, then tip onto a plate. Repeat the process with another ½ tsp oil and the remaining batter.
  5. Top the pancakes with a fruit and topping of your choice.

Morning Pizza

Morning pizza

Morning Pizza! A quick recipie where an omlette acts as a pizza base topped with pepperoni and grated cheese. This can be made in ten minutes. Requires 2 eggs, 8 slices of pepperoni, 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese and 3 tablespoons of pizza or pasta sauce

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  1. Whisk eggs and oregano, if using, in small bowl.
  2. Spray 8-inch (20 cm) non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  3. Pour egg mixture into skillet. With spatula, gently push cooked portions toward centre. Tilt and rotate skillet to allow uncooked egg to flow into empty spaces.
  4. Top with pepperoni and cheese. Cover and cook until eggs are set and cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Slide pizza onto plate. Serve with sauce for dipping.

Jar Salad

Layers of mixed vegetable and couscous salad served in a jar rather than a plate. Easy storage as a packed lunch!

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  1. Begin with a layer of couscous at the bottom.
  2. then a layer of sliced tomatos, fullsized or cherry.
  3. A layer of red, yellow or green peppers.
  4. A layer of lettuce or spinach.
  5. Finally, top it off with a layer of sliced cucumber

Chicken, Carrot and Avocado Roll

A mix of chicken, fruit and veg wrapped in a soft tortilla wrap.

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  1. Spread low-fat soft cheese over the wrap.
  2. Top with sliced chicken and carrot.
  3. Spread mashed avocado on top.
  4. Tightly rollup each tortilla and wrap with cling film.
  5. Place in the fridge to chill and cut up and serve when ready.

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Exercises

Cycling

Child cycling

Regular cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control. Children are advised to do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity every day. A 30-minute ride will count towards your recommended weekly activity target.

Football

Childen playing football

Here are some of the best soccer skills for 8 year olds (and similar ages) and also some beginner soccer drills for kids that will help kids playing soccer develop at a fast rate!


Skipping

Skipping is a great way to increase your motor skills and spacial awareness. It's also great fitness and really gets your body moving. Practise this with your at home or in the playground.

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