Is your child a healthy weight?
For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/
For almost a year we have been told by the Government that its Childhood Obesity Strategy will be published shortly, but we are still waiting. It is hoped to cover issues such as a 9pm watershed for junk food advertising, a sugar tax, a ban on junk food at supermarket checkouts and reduced sugar and salt levels in manufactured products; to name but a few
When should you be concerned about your child’s weight?
When the School sends them home with an NHS letter saying their weight is a potential issue; part of the National Child Measurement Programme?
When your GP recommends they attend child weight loss classes?
When your child complains of being bullied or not being picked for team activities?
Or maybe none of the above because you child is just chubby, its puppy fat, you don’t want to pressure them or its nothing to worry about. But what if it is something to worry about. Recent statistics show that more than a third of UK children (from the ages of 2 – 15) are overweight or obese and it increases with age.
Tackling this potentially issue early might be the key.
5 simple things you can do
1. Consider finding out if your child is in a healthy weight range.
2. Try and prepare simple meals that are eaten at the table with the whole family, such as
- wholemeal pasta bake (with lots of blitzed up veggies in the sauce) and a crunchy cheese and breadcrumb topping. Served with a colourful salad
- Quorn sausages with mashed potato and carrots, served with peas and veggie gravy
- Wraps filled with crunchy lettuce and tomatoes and roasted chicken or left over Spag bol mince.
- Tinned sardines (in tomato sauce) on wholemeal bagels or muffins, or stuffed in to a pitta bread with salad and sweetcorn
- Sweet potato wedges with baked beans and grated cheese
- Homemade pizza with lots of veggies and cheese. served with a colourful salad
- Cut vegetables into interesting shapes – a spiraliser or vegetable peeler is great for doing the job
3. Make sure your child is eating the correct portion size for their age
4. Go to the supermarket with a shopping list and when you have all eaten; you are less likely to impulse buy and be persuaded by offers or sugary fatty foods
5. Spend more time outdoors as a family; not only will it increase your vitamin D levels, which is needed for healthy bones, boosting your immune system and to keep your brain in good health, but it helps will fitness and calorie burning
This shows the amount of activity that a child should be doing
Here’s a list of some local activities taking place in the Nottingham area
over the summer holidays
July 31st West Bridgford Family fun day – West Bridgford Park http://westbridgfordwire.com/july-31-west-bridgford-family-fun-day/
1st August between 1- 4pm – Eastwood Road, Kimberley. Enjoy free fun with a wide range of activities such as Sumo suits, frisbee, face painting, henna tattoos, giant outdoor games (Jenga and Connect 4), Tug of War, circus skills and many other old school park games.
2nd August between 1-4pm – Play dates at William Lee Memorial Park, Calverton. Lots of imaginative fun for parents and kid
3rd August – Lark in the Park http://www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/larkinthepark/
4th August between 1- 4pm – Coronation Park, Eastwood. Enjoy free fun with a wide range of activities
4, 7, 12, 15 and 20 August – In to the forest, Forest Recreation Ground
Meet at the pavilion at 11am on any of the above dates and enjoy a host of free activities from scavenger hunting to tree safaris.
5th – 7th August- Nottingham Riverside Festival weekend http://westbridgfordwire.com/need-know-nottingham-riverside-festival-2016/
5th August 5 – Highfields Park play area. Orienteering challenge
5th August – Mad Hatters tea party – 2-5pm at maid Marion Way, Nottingham
From 6th August – Free Summer Events at Skylarks Nature Reserve http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/nature-reserves/skylarks/
8th August between 2-6pm – Parkfest Litchfield Park, Hucknall. Ideal for kids aged 10-19, choose from water ball, rodeo bull, inflatables, coconut shy, henna art, tag rugby, rounders, football, skateboarding, limbo dance, BBQ and lots more.
11th August, between 1-4pm – Hickings Lane, Stapleford. Enjoy free fun with a wide range of activities
12th August – Wollaton Park courtyard. Orienteering challenge
12th August, from 11am – Clifton Playing Fields. Picnic in the park
13th August between 1- 4pm – Arnot Hill Park, Arnold. Enjoy free fun with a wide range of activities
19th August – Cowlick Woods play area. Orienteering challenge
20th – 21st August – Nottingham Caribbean Carnival weekend, Nottingham Embankment. 12noon to 8pm on both days
26th – 29th August: Summer Nights Film Festival at Wollaton Park. Watch outdoor film screenings of Mad Max: Fury Road, Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves, The Dark Knight Rises, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
If you know of any other summertime activities then please let me know