People observing the holy month of Ramadan are being encouraged to take good care of their health while fasting.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. This year it runs from May 15 to June 14.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s public health department is highlighting the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout this month.
- drinking plenty of water when having meals
- eating breakfast, and aiming to have it nearer to sunrise – instead of midnight – as this spreads out your energy intake more evenly
- eating normal-sized, nutritious meals made from oats, wheat, cereals, lentils, rice or grains – foods which help you to feel fuller for longer
- aiming to keep meals simple by including lots of fruit and vegetables
- reducing/limiting food that is high in fat, salt and sugar
- staying active. During the warmer months, consider activities like walking, especially if all the family can get involved
- if you smoke, consider seeking support to quit
Paul Edmondson-Jones, the city council’s interim director for public health and adult social care, said Ramadan can be a great opportunity to focus on bringing in a healthy lifestyle.
He said: “While fasting, it is important to take care of your health.
“We are advising residents who will be observing Ramadan to drink plenty of fluids, have a balanced diet during the pre-dawn and dusk meals, and to reduce their strenuous activity levels during the hours of fasting, especially in hot weather.”
Ramadan can be a good time to consider making lifestyle changes. There are a number of local initiatives available that can help people to make healthier choices, including the Active Families programme. This provides families with the opportunity to learn more about healthy eating, being active and the benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle for the whole family.
Call 0800 464 069.
In addition, Y Weight is a six-week group-based programme for adults looking for support to lose weight. For further information speak to a member of the healthcare team at your GP practice.
Other support available includes the city council’s stop-smoking service. Call 0800 085 0928, text 'stokequit' to 60777
The city council has produced a short video of top tips around diet during the holy month.
Call the press office on 01782 232265.