BNF Healthy Eating Week

April 18

Between the 12th and 16th June its British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) healthy eating week. In support of BHF eat healthy week, Stortford Gymnastics are encouraging everyone to take part and get involved, in the aim to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. With a focus on healthy eating, drinking and physical activity, why not try these five challenges with your family:

  • Eat Breakfast
  • Eat 5 A Day
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Get Active
  • Try Something New

Here are some tips on how to step up to these challenges, and how to stick to them.

Carry a water bottle.

Encourage your children to carry a water bottle whether going to their sports club, gymnastics class or at school. Teachers and coaches are able to re-fill bottles when water runs out.

Space out the FAD – five a day

It is far less daunting if five a day consumption is spread out. Try to get your children to have their 5 a day spread through breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between snacks.

Little steps throughout the day

Involve your children in perhaps a play at the park on the swings or a dog walk. If you live within walking distance of school, leave the car at home and take a stroll instead. You could park the car a little further away from the school grounds if school is too far to walk to from home. 

Make breakfast a priority

Make time for a sit-down breakfast in the morning where you can make sure your children are well fueled to start the day. Have a healthy start to the day every day.

 

Find a sport your children will love

Get your children involved in sports classes and clubs with their friends or an active and healthy hobby that will be a great way to socialize at the same time. Gymnastics, Scouts, Brownies, Dancing and Martial Arts are a great way to get fit, flexible and learn lots of new skills.

Use vegetables to bulk out meals

Most children prefer fruit to vegetables. However, vegetables are where the real healthy nutrients are which are essential for balanced nutrition every day. Try to disguise vegetables in meals. Veg can be blended down to make a pasta tomato sauce. It’s normally the look of vegetables that initially puts children off trying veg. Blended vegetables and pulses could be used for lasagna, pasta bake, quiches and pies.

 

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