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Healthy eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential to maintaining a healthy weight, which is an important part of overall good health.

For general information and ideas about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, visit OneSmallStep.

The NHS Live Well website has lots of useful information about healthy eating and losing weight.

Healthy eating for people with disabilities

People with disabilities may find it harder to maintain a healthy weight and may benefit from extra support and encouragement. People with learning disabilities in particular may need extra help to understand information and advice about diet, nutrition and cooking.

The NHS Live Well site also has specific information about weight management for people with learning disabilities. This includes shopping and cooking tips, physical activity advice and where to find more support. There are also links to easy read leaflets about diet and exercise.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have developed a brilliant range of specially adapted easy read cook books. The ‘Cook and Eat’ books have been written to encourage people with learning disabilities to make more meals with less help.

The Scope website publishes an A-Z of eating difficulties to highlight potential issues around mealtimes for either children or adults with cerebral palsy.

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