In today's society, children are at a greater risk of shorter life expectancy as a result of long-term health effects
caused by obesity. According to Statistics Canada, almost 1 in every 3 Canadians aged 5 to 17 are overweight or obese. Obesity
in children is largely a result of low activity levels and frequent consumption of fast food and highly processed foods. Parents
often find that the answer to a busy schedule and picky eaters is fast food. It's quick, convenient and affordable, however,
what some parents may fail to recognize is the lasting negative effects it can have on their children.
Childventures Early Learning Academy, a network of leading childcare centres
for preschool and daycare, incorporates a number of practices into their everyday meal activities to ensure children get the
best of both worlds - great taste and nutritional benefits their bodies require.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Mind - At Childventures, children receive healthy and nutritional meals which
conform to Canada's Food Guide. It is strongly believed that the food a child consumes directly impacts their academic performance.
Wholesome foods boost cognitive function and overall health, while fast foods and highly processed foods can actually prevent
a complete learning development. All classrooms are stocked with a plethora of fresh fruit, out of which children are encouraged
to pick a snack for themselves.
Multicultural Menu -
Give your everyday menu a full makeover. Transform your meals by serving an international menu from different parts of the
world. Search online for some healthy items and recipes. It can also be very beneficial to involve children in the cooking
process. By putting on an apron and allowing them to help cook, children will grow curious and interested in the new dishes.
Role Modeling - Dietary and physical activity behaviours
in children are heavily influenced by many groups, including families, friends, child care providers etc. Teachers at Childventures
act as role models by encouraging good eating habits within the classroom. Normally when a child says they are hungry, they
are simply bored. Create food art by cutting fruits and veggies into shapes and providing a tasty dip to go with it. This
will also help with the picky eating syndrome. Another important tip: do not bribe children with rewards of dessert as it
will imply that healthy food is unpleasant.
can take these approaches and apply them into their daily routines. It is never too late to make a positive change in a child's