Safefood is urging parentsto 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.
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.
The menu plan provides a guide for breakfast, lunch, tea and snack suggestions for five days of the week. A full selection of tried and tested child-friendly recipes is included. Ingredients required to make meals for groups of 10, 20 or 30 children are detailed. The menu plans have been analysed to ensure they meet the recommended daily amounts of key nutrients for pre-school children aged 18 months to three years. During the pilot testing, the resource was rated with respect to ease of use, popularity of the menus with children, wastage, value for money and availability of ingredients. Colour coding is used for easy reference across sections. Plain English is used throughout. The resource was short-listed as a finalist for the 2009 Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards.