Research talks about childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and a time when many habits and behaviours are set. A healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating in childhood will help to ensure a healthy future.
We have noticed there is often a poor selection of healthy food in children’s lunch boxes.
How are we educating the children to choose healthy eating choices?
- We talk about what foods the children are eating
- We discuss which foods are best first and why
- We read books
How can we encourage / educate adults about healthy choices?
- Create a wall display identifying Healthy Foods / Treat Foods
- Make a smaller Healthy Foods / Treat Foods board version for mat time and encourage children to identify healthy food choices
- Make a "Food Pyramid"
- Take photos of children with healthy lunch boxes
- Talk to parents asking for their knowledge / input regarding healthy lifestyle / habits / eating
- Invite a Health Nutritionist to attend a parent evening (Fussy Eaters Focus)
- Display posters from Ministry of Health supporting healthy drinking:WATER / MILK
- Have a morning tea and make humus to dip vegetables (carrot, celery)
- Encourage by example, staff seen eating fruit and vegetable sticks
- Promote our veggie garden: talk about it with the children, harvest the vegetables and EAT the vegetables.
“Healthy Eating” was a strong focus in the Academy for 2015. (Refer to their review). The Academy did not receive a bronze award. Although there were a variety of outstanding learning experiences, the final documentation did not reach Healthy Heart Foundation. This has now become a centre focus to follow up on this process and to change the centre culture.
Our 2016 Goals
- Teaching and learning about healthy eating habits / healthy lifestyles will be woven throughout the curriculum. This will become a natural part of our practice.
Learning Outcomes for Children:
- to identify foods and make healthy choices
- to group foods and discuss the types of food they need to be healthy and strong
- will be able to describe simple concepts relating to their body's need for food for activity and growing
- will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of healthy foods through music
- will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of healthy food concepts through playing matching games as well as enhance their math skills
- to identify and taste new fruits and vegetables
- recognize and accept foods from other cultures
- will be ale to grow and care for some fruits and vegetables
- identify water as a healthy drink
- develop fine motor skills in the process of making healthy foods (sandwiches/ baking pizzas and scones) and when preparing and eating fruit or vegetables
- recognising the colours and shapes of fruits and vegetables in te reo;
- make healthy choices and understand why it is important.
We will know this because we will hear children discussing healthy and treat foods.
Parents to provide a variety of healthy foods in their child’s lunch boxes.