Healthy food habits are important for everyone. Cooking should be enjoyable and something that everyone should know how to do. It doesn’t stop at cooking, proper nutrition is equally important. Access to fresh food and knowledge on how to use it is very important. Food is the best medicine – let food be your medicine, not medicine thy food- Aristotle.
Take a good look around you. More and more children are becoming obese and facing adult lifestyle issues.
There’s a difference between overweight and obese. Overweight is having excess body weight for your height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of all. Obesity, on the other hand, is having excess body fat. Both result from too many calories consumed compared to how many calories are burned.
ESTABLISHING HEALTHY HABITS DURING CHILDHOOD WILL INCREASE QUALITY OF LIFE AND REDUCE THE RISK OF DIET-RELATED ILLNESS.
Two-thirds of children are overweight or obese by the time they reach secondary school. So learning about healthy eating and doing the right amount of physical activity has never been so important. Eating, moving and sleeping are the foundations of a healthy childhood – helping youngsters with their physical and mental well being as they grow.
You can help your children develop good eating habits by modelling healthy habits yourself. Ensure your child is obtaining the right amount of energy and nutrients from their food. Ensure your child is eating their 5 A DAY
Base meals around starchy carbohydrates – why not swap to whole grain varieties.
Include an oily fish once a week.
From 2 years old, children can move on to semi-skimmed milk providing they are consuming a healthy balanced diet.
Reduce the amount of foods high in sugar and fat that are available.
Regular physical activity has many benefits for your child’s health, including the development of healthy organs, muscle and bone, maintaining a healthy weight and improving psychological well being.
Aim to achieve a minimum of 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity.
Activities include: sports, play, games, physical education, chores and hobbies.
More than 60 minutes of exercise brings further health benefits.
Drink plenty of water, a minimum of 6-8 glasses a day – even more with exercise.
Children need a sufficient amount of sleep to grow, develop and function optimally. How much is right for your child varies by age. Make sure:
They get a sufficient amount of good-quality, uninterrupted sleep.
They get the proper number of age- appropriate naps.
You establish a routine to support your child’s biological rhythms.
Fighting Childhood Obesity Starts at home that can best be addressed with healthy living habits.
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