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Council Promotes New Healthy Eating Guidelines

01 April 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s public health nutritionist, Dr Janice McConnell, attended the Active Lifestyle Fair earlier in the week at Crumlin Leisure Centre to encourage the public to cut the sugar and ‘Eat a Rainbow’ of fruit and vegetables instead. 

This message was one of several being promoted at the event under the Eatwell Guide, which was recently launched by Public Health England in association with the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland.  The Eatwell Guide applies to all four countries as the new food-based dietary guidelines to help the population to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Dr McConnell commented: “Statistics from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey show that dietary intakes in NI could be improved. Currently, only 18% of the population are consuming their 5-a-day, sugar intake is 2-3 times the maximum recommendation, while fibre and oily fish intakes are particularly low, and red meat consumption high.”

Dr McConnell continued, “The newly launched Eatwell Guide bases its messages on current dietary intakes and the latest evidence base for nutritional health. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will continue to promote changes to dietary habits in line with local guidelines to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents”

The Eatwell Guide may be accessed on the Food Standards Agency NI website at https://www.food.gov.uk/northern-ireland/nutritionni/eatwell-guide.