Diet and Exercise

We all know that we will be healthier if we eat a good diet and exercise regularly.

However, in reality it can sometime be difficult to always stick to the correct path. This page outlines some key pointers you should adhere to in order to be healthier.

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Eating a healthy, balanced diet is hugely important for everyone. Click here to access to NHS’s “Eat Well Plate” information, which highlights the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in.

We should also focus on eating at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Learn more here.


Regular exercise keeps our body healthy and gives us a better chance of living into old age. There are huge health benefits to getting the recommended amount of exercise. For example (Reference, NHS.UK. February 2016), it is medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • A 30% lower risk of early death

Read more about the benefits and types of exercise you should be undertaking here.

Read more here about the physical activity guidelines for adults.

Word from our GP

 Exercise is the miracle cure for many of our ailments, and for safe guarding our health against future problems. It’s free and anyone can do it anywhere, so don’t delay and exercise today!

Dr Jerome Donagh, Oak Tree Surgery

Things to remember

A healthy diet is vital to a healthy person. There are many hidden fats and sugar content in some foods, so be aware and make the right choices for your health.

In addition to the more serious health benefits, exercise is great for boosting self-esteem and mood, plus it helps us get a better nights sleep meaning we have more energy and generally feel better all round.

If you’re interested in joining a local running group to get some exercise, you can find our more here.