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EATING NUTRITIOUS AND VARIED OPTIONS

For children at all ages, eating well is what is needed to make learning, living, playing, and growing possible.

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Why are children not getting a variety of nutritious foods?

At around three years of age, parents start dealing with the very vocal preschool child who tells you what they want to and what they refuse to eat.

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Offer healthy choices with every meal.

Not all foods available at the local food market or shop will provide the necessary nutrients needed by the growing child.

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Involve children in food preparation

Children are often fascinated by what the adults in the family are up to and cooking is one such activity they can be involved in from a young age.

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Meals are served!

You know that feeling you get when you are invited for dinner and your host serves the food using the most amazing plateware, a beautiful bowl and servers for the salad, soft napkins, shiny cutlery, and sparkling glassware?

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What about the price of food?

We are saying choose a variety of nutritious foods but your weekly visits to the supermarket may leave you feeling discouraged about the affordability of it all.

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FAMILY MEALS

Enjoying at least one family meal together a day is recommended. It has been shown that children who have more family meals tend to consume more nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products

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What do we mean by family meals?

A family meal is as an occasion when food is eaten simultaneously in the same location by more than one family member, involving at least one child and adult.

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MANAGE PORTIONS

There are two things to keep in mind when you think about portion size. The one is how much of the different foods make up a plate.

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Energy density and managing portions

The best way to determine the energy density of foods is by calculating how much energy is in a typical serving.

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Ways to maintain an appropriate total energy intake

Some parents may find it challenging to manage the amount of food their child eats, in particular making sure their fruit and vegetable intake is proportionally larger than the foods providing carbohydrates, proteins and fat.

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CHOOSE WATER!

Some parents may find it challenging to manage the amount of food their child eats, in particular making sure their fruit and vegetable intake is proportionally larger than the foods providing carbohydrates, proteins and fat.

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What do we mean by ‘choose water’?

Our bodies are made up of about 70% water, depending on age, physical fitness etc. andwhat  water is used by the body to do every imaginable activity.

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Ways to get your child to choose water

Water does taste different depending on where it is sourced. Water from natural springs, wells, boreholes, ’the tap’ and bottled water, which has undergone various forms of filtration and purification, will all taste different.

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What we mean by ‘play actively

Playing takes various forms and helps the child in their growth and development.

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PLAY ACTIVELY

Five ways to get children to play actively

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