Feeding your children healthy food is not difficult.
• 1 in 4 children as young as 3 years of age are overweight or obese
• Every 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese
• 20% of children in all socio-economic groups are overweight
• The estimated economic cost of obesity is € 1.13 billion per year
The above statistics, although startling, are very real in terms of the growing levels of obesity in Ireland. In a recent study conducted by Safefood Ireland parents have been called on to make practical changes to everyday lifestyle habits to help stop the increasing issue of childhood obesity.
We all lead very busy lives so where can we find the time and money to cook healthy food and fit in some daily exercise to ensure we have a healthy balance in our day-to-day activities. It is so much easier to pick up convenience or fast food at the end of a working day and then crash on the couch and watch our favourite TV programme before heading to bed to do it all over again the following day.
So what can we do as parents?
How can we implement simple and practical changes to our lifestyles and that of our children to ensure they are living a healthy and fit life?
The key here is the word practical. Parents need simple guidelines on how to shop, cook and feed our children to ensure we are doing as much as we can to help them lead a healthy and happy life. In the ABS Gym we have assembled simple guidelines in our upcoming seminar – “Nutrition for Children – A Practical Approach to Healthy Eating for Your Kids”. The seminar is scheduled for Saturday the 12th of July between 12-2pm in our Gym in Glasnevin. The topics covered will include:
• shop in supermarket
• shop for vegetables
• balance a meal
• shop for healthy foods
• pack a healthy lunch
• deal with picky eaters
• deal with food allergies
• make a healthy breakfast
• make homemade soup
• juice – different juices for health and wellbeing (not the high sugar low nutrition ones you are used to)
• smoothies for health and well being (not glorified cans of coke)
You will take home practical guides on to how to prepare healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, smoothies and juices. You will even get to sample so foods prepared during the seminar.
For the last four years Paul has been studying nutrition and more recently with an emphasis on child nutrition. He wants to address the childhood obesity epidemic in a healthy and practical way. Later this year he hopes to qualify in Functional Medicine.
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