A balanced diet keeps your child healthy, ensures they get the right vitamins and minerals and physical activity keeps bones healthy and promotes better concentration and learning! It’s not always easy to understand the content of sugar and fat in the food we buy. Food labels on the packaging help you to understand how much sugar and fat exists.
Benefits of healthy eating: Prevents diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other long term conditions.Top 5 Tips: To support you in achieving good health and wellbeing for your child, we recommend:
- Encourage healthy eating, pack lunches and daily recommended portion sizes for under-fives.
- Replacing fizzy drinks or concentrated fruit juice with water or milk and cutting down on sweets and chocolates
- Avoid fried or take away food and eat more home cooked food
- Engage in regular physical activity including running, playing and being active
- Healthy snacks including fruit and vegetables and an occasional biscuit for parents!
We do understand that sometimes there will be some sweets for example celebrating and fun times at children’s birthdays. Balance is important but try to stick to these standards whilst keeping up healthy habits at home. Healthy balance is what to aim for!Useful links:
- NHS Choices is the UK's biggest health website and online 'front door' to the NHS. Find out more from www.nhs.uk
- Change4Life provides healthy food and activity tips for you and your children- Find out more at Change4Life
- First Steps Nutrition Trust is an independent public health nutrition charity that provides information and resources to support eating well from pre-conception to five years - Find out more from www.firststepsnutrition.org
- With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. Find out from www.healthystart.nhs.uk
- Children under 5 to receive free of charge 189 ml (1/3 pint) of milk for each day they attend approved day care facilities for 2 hours or more - Find out more from the Nursery Milk Website