Healthy eating is about eating the right balance of foods that contain all the essential vitamins, minerals and food types that the body needs.

Ensuring your child eats a varied diet with the right balance of foods is important to help prevent them from developing conditions such as obesity and coronary heart disease later in their life. Healthy eating is about eating the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates, as well as the right types of fats and sugars.

The following links provide you with guidance and information to support you in providing a healthy diet and lifestyle for your child and the whole family.

Eat Well Plate
Shows the different types of food we need to eat - and in what proportions - to have a well balanced and healthy diet.

Recipe Book
Contains easy and tasty recipes that your whole family can enjoy at home. The recipes are based on meals served in schools in Sunderland. pdf icon Recipe Book [783kb]

Packed Lunch leaflet
Provides ideas on how to create a tasty and nutritious packed lunch for your child. It also provides packed lunch health and safety tips. pdf icon Packed Lunch leaflet [464kb]

Sunderland Healthy Schools programme
Many schools in Sunderland have Healthy Schools status. The status is awarded to schools who demonstrate that they support the health of their whole school community. A healthy schools toolkit has been developed as a guideline for schools.

Active Sunderland
This website provides information about physical activity and sport in Sunderland. It lists the types of activities available and where they take place.

Lifestyle, Activity and Food Programme
A series of fun and interactive sessions that supports children who are classed as overweight to have a healthy diet and physically active lifestyle. 

Change4Life
This website is for the whole family and provides tips on eating well, moving more and living longer. It also contains healthy recipe ideas.