Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Healthy Meals at Nursery Are Crucial for Every Child; Young Children Must Eat Well to Flourish and Avoid Illnesses in Later Life. LISA SALMON Finds out What Should Be on Their Plates

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Why Healthy Meals at Nursery Are Crucial for Every Child; Young Children Must Eat Well to Flourish and Avoid Illnesses in Later Life. LISA SALMON Finds out What Should Be on Their Plates

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ENSURING children eat well in their early years is key to them achieving their potential, helps prevent them becoming overweight, and reduces their risk of serious diseases in later life.

As many young children spend a lot of time in childcare or nursery while their parents work, what they eat there is crucial.

That's why Action for Children is running the Eat Better Start Better campaign, which gives guidance to people who care for under-fives on what our little ones should be eating to give them the best start in life.

WHY IS GOOD NUTRITION SO IMPORTANT FOR THE UNDER-5s? EATING the correct balance of foods ensures young children get the nutrients they need to grow rapidly and ensures they don't A variety of consume too much, which may lead to weight gain.

Encouraging them to eat a wide variety of foods will also help them develop good dietary habits for life.

It's vital that more children eat well, as more than a fifth of children are currently either overweight or obese by the time they start primary school.

In addition, the dental health of many young children is poor, and more than a quarter of young children in the UK may be at risk of iron deficiency, which is linked to slower intellectual development and poor behaviour in the long-term.

What is A healthy balanced diet for young children? IN RECENT years, changes in children's diets have affected their nutrient intakes with some children eating foods that are low in energy, iron and vitamin A, and high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.

foods is vital The Eat Better Start Better guide gives information on how to limit the bad stuff, and serve the correct portion sizes for young children.

A healthy balanced diet for children aged one to four is based on these four food groups: | Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates; | Fruit and vegetables; | Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins, and | Dairy and alternatives.

Eat Better Start Better stresses that one of the basic principles of healthy eating is variety, as eating a wider range of foods provides a better balance of nutrients. …

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