With so much advice out there about what you should and should not be doing to eat healthily, it can seem complicated and difficult to do. You are not alone in feeling like this – a recent survey showed that nearly a third of Medway residents did not know whether they eat healthily. But despite what you see in some diet books and TV programmes, healthy eating can be really straightforward.

A diet based on starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, rice and pasta; with plenty of fruit and vegetables; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish and lentils; some milk and dairy foods; and not too much fat, salt or sugar, will give you all the nutrients you need.

When it comes to a healthy diet, balance is the key to getting it right. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The eatwell plate shows that to have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to eat:

If you would like local support and to learn how to cook healthy foods, visit the Better Medway website

For further advice and tips on healthy eating visit the NHS Choices website