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COVID-19 - How Can My Diet Help Keep Me Well?

How can my diet help to keep me well during the COVID-19 outbreak?

During the coronavirus outbreak it makes sense to keep your self and your family as healthy as you can. One of the ways we can do this is by eating a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Eating well helps us keep physically well along with helping our mood and energy levels.

Our immune system helps our body fight off infections and viruses. There is no ‘super’ diet to boost your immune system. Eating well plays an important part in keeping healthy.

You can do this by making sure you and your children eat a variety of different foods from all of the food groups. Keep it colourful by including plenty of fruit and vegetables. *Click Here* to find out more about balanced diets.

*Click Here* for lots of information and ideas for feeding your family.

  • Vitamin D plays an important role in keeping our teeth, bones and muscles strong and growing healthily.

    Although we can get some vitamin D in our diet from foods like oily fish, red meat and where it has been added to cereals and bread. It is not easy to get enough from what we eat. We rely on supplements or sunlight to keep our levels up.

    At the moment as we are asked to self isolate and spend most of our time at home. This makes it even more difficult for us to keep vitamin D levels up from sunlight.

    Experts advise that the best way to be sure we have enough vitamin D is to take a vitamin supplement. This is even more important now that we are inside more of the time. The NHS advise;

    • All breastfed babies should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D from birth.
    • Babies having 500mls (about a pint) or more of formula a day should not be given a vitamin D supplement, because infant formula has it added already.
    • Children aged 1 to 4 years old should be given a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D.
    • People who are not often exposed to the sun – or usually wear clothes that cover most of their skin when outdoors should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D.

    During the coronavirus everyone (including children, pregnant and breastfeeding women) should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D. Your pharmacist can advise you on which supplement is best for you and your family. *Click Here* to find one a pharmacy near you.

    Women and children who qualify for the Healthy Start scheme can get free supplements containing the recommended amounts of vitamin D. *Click Here* to find out more.

  • The Healthy Start scheme is continuing during the coronavirus outbreak. You will still receive your Healthy Start vouchers and you can still make a new application if you are entitled to the vouchers.

    Vitamins are available on the Healthy Start scheme.

    *Click Here* to find out more. 

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 


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