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Physical health

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© shutterstock.com - monticello

Eat better, feel better

Healthy eating is not dieting; it’s a set of good habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Are you ready for some tips?

The European Food Information Council suggests 10 tips for healthy eating:

  1. Eat a variety of foods
  2. Base your diet on plenty of foods rich in carbohydrates
  3. Enjoy plenty of fruits and vegetables
  4. Maintain a healthy body weight and feel good
  5. Eat moderate portions - reduce, don't eliminate foods
  6. Eat regularly
  7. Drink plenty of fluids
  8. Get on the move
  9. Start now! - and make changes gradually
  10. Remember, it is all about balance

Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) – the platform of European youth organisations that study nature or are active in environmental protection – gives examples of how you can eat in a more healthy way and positively influence your natural surrounding, at the same time.

 

Play & learn

What should I eat? What’s exercise? What should I know to stay healthy and strong? You can find the answers to these questions at Playnormous. It doesn't matter if you're a child, parent, teacher or health researcher. Fun never tasted this good!

You know that milk is good for you, but how much do you really know about it? Find out by taking the Milk Power quiz by the European Union’s School Milk Programme! It’s not just about milk, it’s also about yogurt, cheese, buttermilk and other milk products that are important to good nutrition and a balanced diet.

 

Background information

A study conducted by HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescents) concluded that young people understand the importance of healthy eating and know they don’t always eat as well as they should, but that they have difficulty in putting this into practice.