Food

 

Getting children and young people to eat the right food can be a challenge. Children can be fussy and Also, It's not always easy to know what a healthy diet looks like because there are so many conflicting messages about food in the media.

                   

What is a balanced diet?

One thing we do know is that a balanced diet made up of all the main important food groups is recognised as being the healthiest way to eat. A balanced diet contains the proper proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water necessary to maintain good health. Combined with being active, a balanced diet can help families to maintain a healthy weight which in the long term can reduce the risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. In the short term, a balanced diet not only helps children to grow strong and healthy but can go a long way to help things like sleep, concentration, energy levels and even behaviour.

 

Childhood Obesity

In the last 20 years we have seen a rise in childhood obesity and now almost 30% of 10 & 11 year-old children are classified as overweight. As a result, the Government have invested money to help understand and reduce children's weight.
 
The National Child Measurement Programme

Every year in England, children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The NCMP provides information to help build an understanding of national and local trends in child weight. The information is used within the local authority and NHS to help plan the services that support healthy weight and lifestyles in the area.

For more information go to: Somerset NCMP

 
Universal Infant Free School Meals
 

The Children and Families Act in 2014 placed a legal duty on all state-funded schools in England, including academies and free schools, to offer a free school lunch to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2014. The Government made this decision because a good lunch makes an enormous difference to children’s health, development and ability to learn. It is also important that children develop good healthy eating habits to combat the rising problem of childhood obesity.

 

Somerset Public Health has produced a leaflet for parents of children entering Reception which provides information and encouragement to take up the free meal offer. The leaflet also acts as a mechanism for registering parents who have access to Free School Meal Entitlement (FSME) which triggers pupil premium funding for schools. To download a copy of the leaflet go to:Somerset Universal_Infant_Free_School_Meals

 

   

Change 4 Life Campaign 
Change4Life - Change4Life aims to help families improve their diet and increase their levels of exercise. They also produce guidance and activities that schools can use to promote children staying active during school holidays on their specially designed School Zone pages.