Paediatric diabetes team - healthy eating and healthy lifestyle

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Healthy eating

The paediatric diabetes dietitians at Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust provide support to children and young people under the care of the diabetes team.

The diet for diabetes is not a special diet, it is a healthy diet that all your family and friends can enjoy.

Dietitians work at all three of our hospitals:

Community service

There is a community service across NHS Wakefield and the north area of NHS Kirklees. We visit homes, see you in outpatients, can join the Specialist Nurses and Consultants in clinics and visit schools.

Eatwell Guide

Children require a varied and balanced diet to provide energy and nutrients for growth, development and activity and to be a healthy weight and keep them healthy.

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

The eatwell guide

Find out about the benefits of the different foods groups and advice on healthy eating and lifestyle on their webpage.

Useful links and support organisations

British Dietetic Association

BDA is the professional association for UK dietitians and they provide easy to read food fact sheets on different topics.

Let’s get cooking

Let’s get cooking has fantastic tips on cooking on a budget and recipes.

Better Health Healthier families

The Better Health Healthier families have ways to eat well and move more.

British Nutrition Foundation

Diabetes UK

Recipes approved by a specialist team of dietitians.

Full time meals

Pocket friendly, easy-peasy recipes for mega-tasty, super-filling, hearty, home cooked grub.

Fussy eating

Is your child a fussy eater? Watch this three minute video. Healthy eating isn’t just about the food they eat - it is also about behaviour around eating. 

Cooking on a bootstrap

Budget recipe website. Recipes inspired by the author’s experience of cooking on a budget.


Digibete has short videos on the management of diabetes, including healthy eating. 

Moving medicine

Moving medicine has easy to understand information to help motivate people to become more active.

Thriving Kirklees

Support for children, young people and families to improve health.

Aspire (Wakefield Council)

Aspire can support adults, families and children from the age of 5 in the Wakefield area in leading a healthier lifestyle.

Max Card

Max cards are available for familes of Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and looked after children to received discounts on activities.

Love Food Hate Waste

If you are unsure about the food portions for your family this will calculate the weights of portions advised for different ages.

Young Type 2 Digibete resources

Videos and information for young people who have type 2 diabetes and their families.

Complications of Excess Weight (CEW) service

The newly formed Children’s Complications of Excess Weight (CEW) service is located in Leeds and covers the whole of the West Yorkshire region. The service aims to support children, young people and their families who are struggling to achieve a healthy weight.

Heart UK

Visit Heart UK for dietary advice for high cholesterol.