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What and how much you eat and drink, and being physically active are important for your health.

Being healthy improves your quality of life and your sense of wellbeing. Being healthy also means that you are more likely to be around longer for your whānau.

Healthy eating:

  • helps your body to work well and helps you to feel good
  • can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers and help you to have a healthy bodyweight
  • means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients your body needs.

Healthy eating is not about sticking to strict diets or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about eating a balanced range of foods that help you feel great, have more energy, improve your outlook, and help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods, including:

  • Plenty of vegetables and fruit.
  • Grain foods, mostly whole grain and those naturally high in fibre.
  • Some milk and milk products, mostly low- and reduced-fat.
  • Some legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and other seafood, eggs or poultry, or red meat with the fat removed.

More information about Nutrition

Choose healthy eating

Too much body fat is not good for your health.

What should I eat?

Find out what should have to eat healthy.

Healthy eating tips

Top tips to help you on your healthy eating journey.

Healthy drinking

Water is one of the two most essential materials for human life – the other is oxygen.

Food safety

To avoid food poisoning, follow handwashing rules and the 4Cs.

Food allergies

Food allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a harmless food as if it were toxic.

Healthy eating for teens and young adults

To grow and be healthy, you need to be active and eat the right foods.