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A healthy lifestyle 'can save money'

Published: Monday, 05 January 2009   Category: Life after graduation | Food and drink

Students and graduate workers can save money by eating more healthily, while also improving their health, it has been claimed.

According to Dr Rebecca Small, assistant medical director for Bupa UK Health Insurance, a diet based more on fruit and vegetables will not only leave individuals feeling better, but can also reduce food expenditure.

This change may be of benefit to those living on a tight budget, she suggests, with the credit crunch making people consider how much they spend.

Dr Small claims that workers should be making "simple lifestyle changes" such as taking regular exercise, quitting smoking and ensuring they get enough sleep.

Bupa's Health Survey for England 2007 indicated that 27 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women met the recommended guidelines of eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day, although there were regional variations.

According to the organisation, 65 per cent of men and 56 per cent of women surveyed for the report were either overweight or obese.

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