Article on Family Nutrition Day

//Article on Family Nutrition Day

OES International School, Vashi, had organized Family Nutrition Day Programme on 17th September 2016. Issues related to nutrition for child development and healthy food habits were explained by Ms. Jennifer Dias, consultant Nutritionist.

A healthy diet helps children to grow and learn and also helps prevent obesity and weight-related diseases. Children need all types of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. While peer pressure and TV commercials for junk food can make getting kids to eat well seem impossible, there are steps parents can take to instill healthy eating habits without turning mealtimes into a battle zone. By providing healthy food for your kids, you can help stabilize their moods and energy levels, sharpen their minds, and give them the best opportunity to grow into healthy, confident adults.

The guest speaker focused on encouraging healthy eating habits. Following healthy way of dealing with child’s food habits were discussed:

  • Focus on overall diet rather than specific foods. Kids should be eating whole, minimally processed food—food that is as close to its natural form as possible.
  • Be a role model. The childhood impulse to imitate is strong so don’t ask your child to eat vegetables while you gorge on potato chips.
  • Cook more meals at home. Restaurant and takeout meals have more added sugar and unhealthy fat so cooking at home can have a huge impact on your kids’ health.
  • Get kids involved in shopping for groceries and preparing meals. You can teach them about different foods and how to read food labels.
  • Make healthy snacks available. Keep plenty of fruit, vegetables, and healthy beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) to hand so kids avoid unhealthy snacks like soda, chips, and cookies.
  • The benefits of lifelong exercise are abundant and regular exercise can even help motivate your kids to make healthy food choices.

Meenakshi R
OES International School, Vashi