Keeping Kids Healthy

Eating for Healthy Children aged 2 to 12/Ngā Kai Tōtika mō te Hunga Kōhungahunga

This booklet from the Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency gives advice for parents, whānau and caregivers on the types of food children need to eat to be healthy. It also describes how children can be active in everyday life.

Activities for under 5s

Movement is important from birth. Help your infant or toddler to be active, and they will learn and develop quickly. Sensory exploration, play and movement are how your child makes sense of the world. Help them out by giving them lots of opportunities to play and move. This Ministry of Health publication gives us information on activities for under 5s.

Healthy eating tips for 2-5 year olds

Weight is a sensitive issue, even for small children. It is important your child does not feel they are being punished. The best way to do this is for the whole family/whānau to eat the same meals. It’s easier to eat healthy meals and snacks if healthier foods are in your house. The Ministry of Health gives us some healthy eating tips for 2-5 year olds.

Takeaway alternatives from the supermarket

Whether you've been rushing about all day, heading to your child's school picnic or simply feel like a night off cooking - there are occasions that call for an instant 'no fuss' family dinner. Instead of swinging by your local fish and chip shop, consider your local supermarket - you'll have an easy, nourishing family meal in your hot little hands faster than your local chippie can say 'order up'! This Community Public Health flyer gives you lots of ideas for speedy 'takeaway' meals from your local supermarket. 

Healthy food in schools

Teaching and encouraging healthy eating is a compulsory part of the school curriculum. Schools can undermine these classroom messages by having unhealthy food in canteens or tuck shops, by giving children sweets as classroom rewards, or selling them as fundraisers. Parents Voice shows you what you can do if you are unhappy with the food available at your child’s school. 

Treats and rewards for preschoolers and school aged children

When we give children treats or rewards, they are often food related, such as lollies, chocolate, ice cream or their favourite takeaway. If you want to control your child’s weight gain then it is better to provide non-food-related rewards. Encourage family and whānau to do the same as well. Canterbury District Health Board gives us some treats and reward ideas.