What is A Healthier Me?

A funded project responding to the needs of people with a learning disability and families to make healthier choices. 13 of our affiliated Network Partners delivered varying projects to enable their community to be ‘A Healthier Me.’

What we did

The projects looked at:

  • Providing healthy eating information
  • Growing vegetables and herbs
  • Cooking healthier meals
  • How to make healthy choices when shopping
Man plants seeds

What we know

We know there is a lot of information about healthy eating that is not always clear.

  • 37.5% of people with a learning disability are classed as obese. This is higher than people who do not have a learning disability. (NHS Digital, 2019)
  • 6.4% of people with a learning disability are classed as underweight. This is higher than people who do not have a learning disability.(NHS Digital, 2019). 

Our Pack

We have created a resource pack for you to download to help you start your journey making healthier choices. It includes:

  • Healthy eating information
  • Activities
  • Recipes
  • Meal planner
Healthy eating pack

Changing habbits

Check out how our eating habits have changed over time and get some tips on how to eat healthily in this video from Carlisle Mencap.

Want to create and add your own A Healthier Me recipes?

Download our free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack templates.


Don’t forget to share your recipes with us on social media using #AHealthierMe.

Trusted Advice

Whether you or someone you know has a learning disability, this list of recommended resources (PDF) can help you find good quality information on how to eat healthily and make positive changes to your lifestyle.

NHS has lots of resources to help you understand what eating healthily means and how you can do it.

For further information please e-mail sport@mencap.org.uk


Impact of A Healthier Me

Read how A Healthier Me impacted the Network Partner Groups and the lives of those who participated:

A Healthier Me Impact Report

Easy Read A Healthier Me Impact Report 


With thanks to Bexley Mencap, Carlisle Mencap, Colchester Gateway Clubs, Heart of England Mencap, Hertsmere Mencap,  Kingston Mencap, Mencap Liverpool & Sefton, Midland Mencap, Mid Surrey Mencap, New Forest Mencap, Nottingham Mencap, Pennine Mencap and Yatton House Society.