Hospital offers tips to get kids to eat healthy
Colourful containers to hold lunches, buying groceries with the kids and showing a bit of variety can go far in getting children to eat healthy. (FOTOLIA)
As school approaches, BC Children’s Hospital wants children to break their bad food habits and develop healthier lifestyles with the help of parents and caregivers.
According to Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine, head of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, about 10 to 12% of children and adults are obese.
Chanoine said BC Children’s Hospital offers healthy tips, part of a series of health programs aimed at preventing weight gain as the school year approaches.
“The tips are the reminder because school is going to start,” Chanoine said. “At school, they will also learn about obesity.”
Chanoine said families can also reserve a spot in another health program, which is delivered by a group of trained leaders. The program offers a different section every week aimed at educating families about their eating habits. Members will have to visit the program on a regular basis.
Tips for healthier eating:
- Shop together with your children. Kids will gain a better knowledge of food available to them and can choose food under parents’ guidance.
- Keep the meal fresh and colourful. Meals will be more attractive to children and they are more willing to eat a large variety of fruits and vegetables, which contain high levels of dietary fibres that help in digestion and boost the immune system.
- Prepare lunch of different cuisine. Replace sandwiches with easy-to-make dishes, such as chili, that will attract kids’ attention.
- Make food together with your kids. Other than cooking for your kids, make creative food with kids such as rolling rice, baking food and adding delicious flavours
- Package lunch with attractive appearance. Use colourful and reusable lunch to package food. Make time for some shopping on containers. Remember that presentation is also important in making a good meal.