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.
Busy Bodies Adolescent Development Programme provides information on the physical and emotional changes that children may experience during puberty, to reassure them that puberty is a normal part of growing up. Busy Bodies is a useful resource to help support both teachers and parents in providing information on puberty to children aged between 10 and 14.
Busy Bodies was developed to support the teaching of the 5th and 6th class component of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) within the context of Social Personal and Health Education. It was produced by the Health Service Executive South working in partnership with the RSE Support Service, the National Parents Council (Primary) and the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme.
The programme includes an animated child friendly DVD, booklets in English and Irish and a user guide for teachers.
Busy Bodies Booklet - English
Busy Bodies Booklet - Irish
Busy Bodies User guide for teachers - English
All resources can be ordered here
Parents: To order a free copy of the DVD and booklet Free Text BUSY plus your name and address to 50444 or you can order here
Click on the links below to view the individual chapters of the DVD. You can also download the relevant section of the booklet.