Safefood is urging parents are being urged to make practical changes to everyday lifestyle habits such as portion sizes, drinks and screen time to make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of children and combat the island’s high levels of childhood overweight and obesity.
What does research tell us?
It is important that mothers are supported to continue to breastfeed when they go back to work. The WHO, Department of Health and HSE recommend that children are exclusively breastfed for 6 months.
Eating well is important for all of us. In the short-term, it can help us to feel good, look our best and stay at a healthy weight. And in the long-term, a healthy, balanced diet can reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. But what exactly is a healthy, balanced diet?
In simple terms, to eat a balanced diet you need to combine several different types of foods - from each of the main food groups - in the right amounts so your body gets all the nutrients it needs while maintaining a healthy weight. This means you should eat:
Pre-schools nationwide can benefit from an innovative three-week menu planning resource designed to ensure that pre-schoolers receive all their daily nutritional requirements. Piloted in seven pre-schools based in South Dublin and Kildare, the resource was developed by the HSE’s Community Nutrition and Dietetic Team in Tallaght in consultation with pre-school officers, environmental health professionals and pre-school providers. The menu plan was devised as a practical tool to support pre-school services to implement the recommendations of the National Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-school Services published by the Department of Health and Children in 2004.