Teach Healthy Eating

Eating a balanced and healthy diet is important for every single person in the World, young, old, or in between, a healthy diet is one of the most important things to have in your life.

But, did you know by starting a healthy lifestyle in childhood has long term benefits throughout that child's life too? One of the main positives from starting a healthy lifestyle in children, is that they are more likely to continue this on throughout the rest of their life.

There are so many positives to be had from having a healthy lifestyle, but I thought i'd list a few here for you, just to give you a little something to think about;
  1. children are less likely to be obese or have weight problems
  2. less likely to develop heart disease
  3. less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  4. a higher self esteem, people who are overweight tend to have lower self esteem
  5. healthier joints; people who are overweight tend to struggle more with joint pain or mobility problems

So, as we know, the majority of children's lifestyle is taken care of at home, but there are a lot of ways that we, as educators, can help to promote healthy eating within our learning environments too, and you can find some ideas below.

  • Be a good role model. There's nothing worse than teaching your students to eat healthy, and go for the healthier choice out of a choice i.e choose fruit over chocolate, when you are sat in front of them eating a bar of chocolate. 
  • Encourage trying new foods. You could do fun taste sessions in class - we take advantage of our 'sensology' sessions - where we work on each of our senses - and we use these sessions to encourage trying new foods, whether this be having the children smell them, touch them, hold them, lick them or managing to eat them - we celebrate anything that the child(ren) do with the new food(s).
  • Get children involved - bake new foods with them, there are so many great, healthy recipes online for simple foods that you could make with your children. We all know how much children love to bake and this is a great way to encourage them to try something that they have made.
  • Go to the food. So, we all love going out on trips, but how about going somewhere that allows you to pick your own foods, we love going strawberry picking in the summer - but there's also loads more fruits there, vegetables etc. This can be such a fun activity for children to do together and to encourage them to try more foods too, getting used to them and finding out where they come from.
  • Do activities where students have to sort healthy v non healthy foods, and start to recognise these and how to eat them appropriately i.e you never have to complete avoid chocolate, but rather have chocolate as a treat.
  • Apps - the World is constantly evolving, especially with technology and one of the best things now are apps on smart phones/tablets etc. There are some great, free apps that really help children to learn about the differences in food, how to have healthy habits, recognising healthy foods etc.
  • Books - children love reading, but they love being read to as well. Circle time is one of the best times to read a story together, and there are some great books out there to encourage children about healthy eating and to develop healthy habits.

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