Across the academy there is an ethos of balanced, healthy lifestyles through the academy meal policy and the ecological building design. We encourage students and staff to be aware of their health and well-being, to consider what they eat and drink, and support involvement in health related fitness, physical activity and sport.
The secret to a healthy balanced diet is not to ban any foods but to balance what you eat by having a variety of foods from each food group in the right proportions for good health. The five food groups are:
There are two types of carbohydrates, sugars and starches. These should make up approximately 60% of your diet. Starchy items are bread, rice and potatoes and sugary items include cakes. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. They can help to reduce the risk of cancers, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
These should be eaten in moderation because of their high saturated fat content, but they’re an important source of calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Choose low-fat or reduced-fat versions. Fats should make up 10% – 15% of our diet. Read more…
This food group includes both animal and plant sources of protein, which provides the body with between 25% and 30% of its dietary energy and is needed for growth and repair. Examples of proteins include fish, eggs and red meats.
These can be eaten as part of every meal as well as being the first choice for a snack. They should make up 5-10% of our diet. Eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day can help to protect against cancer, obesity and heart disease.
This group makes up the smallest section of our diet and includes foods/drinks that should only be consumed in very small amounts because, although they’re an important energy source, they contain very few nutrients and are often known as ‘empty calories’.
Foods from this group are high in unhealthy components such as saturated fat, sugar and salt – all of which are associated with an increased risk of developing certain diseases. They should only be eaten as occasional treats. Read more…
Too much of any food as well as too little can be bad for you. Balance is required. Everyone’s diet will look slightly different as we all have different requirements depending on our body’s shape and size and our levels of activity.