#Health Tip 5 of 30# – HEALTHY EATING FOR A HEALTHY CHILD
#Health Tip 5 of 30#
Children’s Day Special
HEALTHY EATING FOR A HEALTHY CHILD
A healthy child now can grow into a healthy adult of the future
- Buy, prepare and offer the foods you would like your child to eat.
- Keep offering healthy foods even if they are refused at first.
- Include your child’s food choices in the family menu sometimes.
- Act as a role model. Make sure your child sees you eating healthy foods.
- Involve children in simple food preparation such as making a salad.
- Let your child decide if they have had enough, even if food is left on their plate.
- Encourage slow eating if yours is a family of fast eaters.
- Help your child recognise if he or she eats when bored, sad or lonely. Try to suggest another activity to help distract them.
- Try not to punish, reward or cheer your child up with food, as it establishes an unhealthy relationship with food.
- Be active together. Let your child see you being active too.
- Encourage lots of free playtime outside.
- Try to use the car less. Walk or cycle to school, the shops or to a friend’s house.
- Help your child find a balance between organised sport, fun activities and individual sports like swimming and dancing.
- Be supportive and encouraging.
- Motivate your children to be active
- Limit sedentary activity like TV viewing, watching videos, playing personal screen games and using computers.
- Avoid eating while the TV is on. This may be a distraction from family time together.