Research shows that in Australia today, over half of all Australians aged 15 years and over consider themselves to be in very good or excellent health while only 4% rate their health as poor. This is great news as it means many people are putting in the time and effort required to lead a healthy lifestyle. The most common health issues that come up for Australians in the long term included arthritis, mental and behavioural conditions, asthma and heart disease. Eating well and keeping active can help reduce the risk of health problems occurring later in life. Enjoying a healthy lifestyle can also help you feel well from day to day, boosting energy levels and helping you get the most out of each and every day.
Eating well means including foods from each of the major food groups daily in the right amounts to suit your energy needs and lifestyle. These food groups include the following:
- Grain (cereal) foods
- Eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds and legumes
- Milk, cheese and yoghurt
Including small amounts of foods that fall outside of these major food groups, such and cakes, biscuits, sweet drinks and salty snack foods, can also be part of healthy eating however these foods are best included only occasionally to ensure most of your energy and nutrient needs are being met by whole, nutrient rich foods.
For more information on healthy eating and the right portions for you, visit http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/n55