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Market shopping

150 years of trading Having the world famous Portobello and Golborne Road market on your doorstep is a big perk of living in north Kensington. There are lots of stalls selling healthy and affordable fresh food. Stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables are usually available from Monday to Saturday – some stalls don’t trade every day so have a chat with stallholders to find out where and when they trade. There is always something happening at the market including cooking demonstrations, special events and guided walks. This year is the 150th anniversary of the market and each month a different theme is being celebrated. Check out the market website for details.

Help to eat well

Did you know that pregnant women and families with children under five on a low income could qualify for Healthy Start vouchers? With Healthy Start you get free vouchers every week to spend on cow’s milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. Healthy Start vitamins are also now freely available for all pregnant women and children under five in the Golborne area. These vitamins can help keep your family healthy and prevent vitamin D deficiency. You can pick up your free vitamins from all Children’s Centres (including Holmfield House Children’s Centre on Golborne Road) and the Health Centres below:

  • Pound signsAbingdon Health Centre 88-92 Earls Court Road, W8 6EG
    020 7795 8400
  • Colville Health Centre 51 Kensington Park Road, W11 1PA
    020 7221 2650
    Several stall holders are now accepting Healthy Start vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables. To find out which ones please contact

Shopping tips - love your labels

Food labels can seem a bit boring, but they are the best way of checking what you're eating as they can tell you what's hidden inside the food. Once you know how to use them, you'll soon be able to make healthier choices when you're shopping.

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Shop smart - money-saving tips for eating healthily

There are plenty of things you can do to eat more healthily, and the good news is, making healthier meals needn’t cost a lot of money. You can still enjoy your favourite meals but it’s better to make them with your own ingredients – and cheaper too.

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The Change4life website also contains some handy tips about how to cut back on fat when you shop including advice about simple swaps to make and what to look out for on the labels.

The NHS Live Well site has 20 top tips to eat well for less and why not try their ‘Eat4Cheap’ challenge that shows you how to wipe hundreds of pounds from your food shopping bill and still eat a healthy diet?