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Nutrition and exercise

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There’s lots of information about nutrition and exercise for adults or children
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Below, in the Further Information section at the bottom of this page, you will find some important resources to help with nutrition whether it’s coping with a fussy eater or nutrition in pregnancy. There is also some guidance on the recommendations for exercising.

You can sign up to Start4Life for weekly tips and to get expert advice, videos, information and guides on pregnancy, birth and beyond.

You can also download the free NHS Food Scanner App from the app store or Google Play to help you make better choices, quickly and easily, when choosing food and drink for your family. The Good Choice badge swaps make it easy to swap unhealthy foods that are higher in sugar, saturated fat and salt to healthier choices, so that you can make a real difference to your child’s health. The App is also designed to help parents to combat pester power whilst keeping the kids happy.

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Further information

Handling fussy eating

Mealtimes can be difficult for families if your child only eats a small selection of foods. See this site for tips to stay calm and encourage your child to try new things.

Fussy eaters

It can be worrying if your little one isn't eating. The NHS website guides you to think about what your child is eating over a week and how to check your child is getting enough to eat.

Simple and healthy recipe ideas for the whole family, alongside tips for general good health.


Recipe ideas, food facts and activities to keep your young family eating healthy and well.

Exercise guidelines for all

Exercise is key part of staying physically well, from pregnancy to birth and beyond. has exercise guides for all the family to keep active.

Healthy pregnancy diet

Eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet will help you, and help your baby develop and grow.

Vitamins, minerals and supplements in pregnancy

The NHS website gives guidance on pregnancy supplements, alongside a healthy diet, for pregnant women.

The Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall, should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

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