The NHS Healthy Start scheme is designed to provide vouchers for milk, fruit and vegetables to pregnant women, and infant milk and vitamins for families with children under the age of four. Vouchers can be used in shops that are registered with the scheme.
You are eligible for the scheme if you are in receipt of one of the benefits shown on the NHS Healthy Start list AND you are at least 10 weeks pregnant OR you have a child under 4 years.
You also qualify if you are under 18 years of age, even if you do not receive the above benefits.
You can apply on-line or speak to your midwife or health visitor. Vouchers are usually received within a fortnight from application.
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you and your family to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases and promote your overall physical and mental health.
Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you and your family the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.
Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients because they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system.