Being active and eating healthy plays a big part in a child’s life. Everyone, not just kids should be active every day in as many ways as possible. Not being active can cause an energy imbalance which is when you take in more energy than you actually use. Poor diets can make children sluggish, tired, moody, irritable and sometimes constipated or bloated. Such symptoms can affect kids with their school work and the ability to concentrate.
For good health, wellbeing and a healthy weight it is recommended that children eat plenty of plant foods such as fruit, vegetables, bread and other grain-based foods. They should be eating moderate amounts of animal foods such as lean meat, reduced fat dairy products, chicken, fish and eggs and small amounts (if at all) foods that are fatty and high in sugar which include lollies, chocolates, soft drinks, pies and sausage rolls.
Poorly balanced eating is associated with serious health concerns such as bone growth problems, dental decay, anaemia, and lung and breathing conditions. Some children may even develop high blood cholesterol. Overweight children may also find themselves socially isolated without friends, targets for school yard and cyber bullies.
The benefits of eating healthy and staying active for children are huge. Helping their bodies to grow properly, giving them strong bones, muscles, lungs and heart. It helps children with good flexibility, balance and coordination as well as sleeping better, improving posture and last but not least to have fun!
For the best start to the day help your child choose a healthy breakfast which is high in carbohydrates such as toast, cereal with milk or fruit and yoghurt. Just like a car cannot run without fuel, our bodies need energy to work. Especially after a night’s sleep, energy levels are low.
Encourage your children to get active each day, turning off the TV, computer or iPad and help them make healthy choices such as water and eating more fruit and vegies.