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Healthy Eating

Childhood is an important time to develop a healthy body and healthy habits.

Healthy eating - dad and daughter chopping vegetables

Eating and physical activity habits are established at a young age and can influence a child's habits as an adult. We all need food for our bodies to work, however if we eat more food than our body needs we will become overweight due to laying down excess fat.

Think about portion sizes

It is important to be aware of portion sizes when thinking about a healthy diet. Children have much smaller tummies than adults so they do not need the same size meal as grown-ups. Physical activity and exercise can be helpful to help maintain a healthy weight alongside healthy eating.

5 a day

It is recommended that children and young people should have 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Fruit and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and fibre which are essential for bodies to remain healthy and to prevent diseases in later life. For information on 5 a day visit the NHS Choices website  or the Change for Life website.

School lunches

Having a school lunch is an easy way to ensure that a child has a healthy balanced meal that complies with the government's current nutritional standards. It is also a good time for pupils to spend time eating and socialising with their friends at the lunch tables.

Free school meals are available for children whose parents/carers are in receipt of certain benefits. Ask at your child’s school for more details.

Keeping hydrated

It is important for children to drink around 6 – 8 drinks per day to ensure that they are properly hydrated. Water based drinks are best. Research has shown that children who are able to drink water during the school day have found that they have fewer headaches, are more relaxed and are more able to concentrate. It also helps reduce daytime wetting, bed wetting and constipation.

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Healthy eating

When your child is overweight (NHS Choices)

Underweight children  (NHS Choices)

When your child's weight matters (NHS Choices)

School lunches and interactive games (My School Lunch)

Healthy packed lunch ideas (NHS Choices)

Five a day for your family (NHS Choices)  

Me size meals - your guide to a healthy and active family (Change 4 Life)

School Food Trust

School lunches (Hampshire County Council)

Teen weight wise (British Dietetics Association

Advice around being physically active

Resources for Schools

Change4Life -Resources and lesson plans for schools

Time to get Sugar Smart for 2016