Eating a variety of healthy foods, daily movement, getting good sleep and drinking plenty of water all help to support good health and prevent some health problems.

The NSW Government is committed to proving information, programs and services to help people make healthier food and drink choices. The NSW Government is also enabling the community to be more active by delivering free programs for children and adults above a healthy weight. To find out more visit Healthy Eating Active Living

Healthy eating

Food is a vital part of life. What we eat has a major impact on our growth and development as children and contributes to our health and wellbeing as adults.

Creating a healthier lifestyle does not involve completely changing all your habits. You can make small, simple changes that will have big, lasting impacts on your health.

Eating a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables is important for your overall health because these food groups help lower the risk of some health problems including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Drinking plenty of water is an important part of staying healthy. It's also free and contains zero kilojoules. Drinks such as soft drinks, energy drinks, cordials, fruit juices and sports drinks are high in sugar and should rarely be consumed. Take a look at these tips for drinking more water 

If you drink alcohol, try to reduce your intake by limiting yourself to one or two standard drinks per day and avoid drinking every day.

Read about the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service, a​ free phone and online NSW Health coaching service supporting people over 16 years of age living in NSW to make lifestyle changes.

You can also check out these simple tips on how you can eat healthily. 

Active living

Being active does not have to mean running a marathon.  Regular short walks or taking the stairs instead of the lift can have huge impacts on your overall health. There are also many social benefits to taking part in regular physical activity.

Setting small, specific goals for getting active is the quickest way to change your habits for the long term. Read about some simple ways you can start including more activity into your daily life

The NSW Government offers a range of free health services and programs for you and your family that support healthy eating and active living. Join a fun after school program where you and your kids can get active, make friends, learn about healthy eating and build confidence. Use an Active Kids Voucher to help you register your kids for active programs. Or use a free coaching and information service to get the facts and motivation you need to start developing healthy habits 

Mental health and wellbeing

Taking care of your mind is just as important as eating well and being active. There are many factors that contribute to positive mental health and wellbeing like good sleep, less screen time and reduced alcohol consumption. Find out how to take care of your wellbeing

Current as at: Monday 22 January 2024
Contact page owner: Centre for Population Health