While studying nursing in uni, one of the mandatory courses that we had to take was nutrition. One of the sections that we focused on in our course was the different populations (ie. the elderly) and the different health needs that they require (due to the changes going on within their body).
As we all know, children require more food and calories as they are growing. It’s important to encourage healthy eating habits at a young age – the hope is that these healthy habits will be carried out throughout their life.
To help with meal and snack time, here are a few tips:
- Make it a routine. Offer healthy snacks and meals at scheduled times everyday.
- Make food the focus. Remove all distractions that may interfere with meal time.
- Lead by example. Children always want to copy what everyone else is doing. If they see you doing something, they’ll want to try it out too.
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.