Health Education 11
Eating and Activity
Healthful eating is a very important factor in a parent’s diet and the diet of children and healthful eating affects all of our personal well-being. There are many wonderful benefits from healthful eating, such as improved health and feeling much better about oneself. Eating healthfully doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your favorite foods. Eating healthfully means a well-balanced diet, full of nutritious foods and drinks, and it means limiting the amount of fat, sugar and carbohydrates you consume daily and exchanging them for healthier choices. Therefore, I believe healthful eating should begin in children to enrich them with healthier lives, escaping the darkness of diseases and deadly health problems. Changing eating habits as an adult can be a very challenging task; therefore, learning to eat healthily as a child is the key. The earlier you start, the earlier the benefits can begin.
There are so many benefits from healthful eating starting in childhood. Things that can be done to assist children in healthfully eating include encouraging them to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lean meats. Limit their fat, sugar, and salt intake, and avoid drinks full of sugar and high in calories with no nutritional value. You can have regular family meals at home with your child; you can also allow your child to get involved in the cooking process by helping the parent prepare healthful meals. Also, limiting their portion sizes on their plates and giving them good healthy snacks and having the healthy snacks on hand at all times are good ideas. You can consider making their lunch for them if they attend school to ensure they are getting a healthy and nutritious lunch when they are away from home. You can also discuss with your child the importance of healthful eating so they can be aware of how important it is...