The British Nutrition Foundation has updated its 5532 guide to portion sizes for 1-4 year olds which helps to provide young children with a healthy, balanced diet with all the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy.
First published in 2014, these new versions, available to download here, provide updated information about sugars in children’s diets, about vegetarian and vegan diets and include an updated range of food examples.
There are also some tips on getting portion size right in the early years.
There are several resources available from Food – A Fact of Life, for children aged 3-5 years which look at how a range of food is grown, reared or caught. These resources explore the journey of food, from farm to fork, and include colourful ‘dot to dot’ worksheets and counting resources to help children learn different skills.
The British Nutrition Foundation 5532 guide to portion size for pre-schoolers has just been updated. The guide is all about helping provide young children with a healthy, balanced diet to provide them with all the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy.
Food – a fact of life has published Guidelines for producers and users of school education resources about food. These voluntary guidelines can be used to support the development of high quality resources or to audit resources already in use in school.
Interventions for preventing obesity in children – an updated Cochrane review
More children are becoming overweight and obese worldwide. Being overweight as a child can cause health problems, and children may be affected psychologically and in their social life. Overweight children are likely also to be overweight as adults and continue to experience poor physical and mental health.
The review authors searched many scientific databases to find studies that looked at ways of preventing obesity in children. They included studies aimed at all ages of children. Studies were included only if the methods they were using were aimed at changing children’s diet, or their level of physical activity, or both. Only the studies that contained the best information to answer this question, ‘randomised controlled trials’ or RCTs, were searched for.
Edible Playgrounds transform school grounds into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens that inspire hands-on learning and get children excited about growing and eating healthy food. They help improve health and wellbeing, open up access to nature, and provide a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching.
The Edible Playgrounds programme offers a comprehensive service comprising engagement of the whole school community, design, build, planting with pupils, teacher training, and planning support throughout the academic year.
The uniqueness and value of the programme lies in embedding food-growing into the school curriculum across all subjects so that teachers learn to teach through gardening, not to become gardeners themselves. This approach builds teachers’ skills and confidence to use their Edible Playground in fresh, innovative ways as an outdoor teaching resource.