1. Doing outdoor activities as a family is essential for a child’s development and a combination of active, creative and imaginative play encourages good social skills and confidence. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, childhood is the ‘peak’ stage for bone growth and good exercise habits are essential in creating strong bones. As well as playing with your child, ensure that their diet is rich in protein and calcium with foods such as milk, cheese and eggs or alternatively if eggy soldiers aren’t to your child’s taste it may be worth considering supplement use (http://www.nutrilite.com/
2. Fibre delays the absorption of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream. Therefore after a meal that is high in fibre, sugar is absorbed slowly and does not cause that peak in blood sugar level followed by a drop, causing children to be hungry again and lose their concentration. Some of the best sources of fibre to include in your child’s diet are cooking apples, nuts or celery sticks or if this proves difficult, Nutrilite’s Chewable Fibre Blend (http://www.amway.co.uk/
3. Are you finding it difficult to encourage your child to eat their five a day? Thehelpguide.org recommends creating a ‘fruit collage’ with your child on their plate, such as a face or have fresh products prepared as snacks for when your child returns home from school. Nutrilite’s other solutions to fussy eating include
o Eating with your child and praising the child when they eat well
o Try not to give them a large drink within an hour before eating as this can significantly reduce their appetite
If none of the above have the desired effect, a chewable multivitamin may help your child to get adequate nutrition coverage.
4. Shopping and cooking with your children is a great way to involve them in healthy eating by allowing them to choose (within reason!) the ingredients whilst educating them about a balanced diet. This would also encourage good eating habits in the future.
5. A recent study in Greater Manchester showed that of 762 three-year-olds, 40% had dental decay. For an alternative to sugary drinks such as squash, Nutrilite would recommend fitH2O which is a great way to add flavour to water to help hydrate and nourish your child’s body. It also contains an antioxidant (Red Orange Complex) which helps fight free radicals such as pollution.