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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.

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.

Healthy events and fundraisers

Good nutrition and healthy eating practices in childhood are important in shaping lifelong behaviours. We also know that nutritious, balanced food improves children’s learning and behaviour. This Community and Public Health Healthy Events and Fundraisers Guide is designed to help school and event organisers maintain a positive food and drink environment that gives consistent, accurate messages about food and drinks.

Healthy food in schools

The Heart Foundation wants healthy food, drink and activity in schools. The Heart Foundation infographic highlights health statistics related to children and schools in New Zealand and explains how the Heart Foundation can work with your school.

Consuming healthy foods and drinks every day not only improves students’ overall health but can also improve their concentration, behaviour and opportunity to learn. Fuel 4 Life: Schools gives you guidance on how to encourage healthy eating habits in your 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.