Children are more likely to keep to a healthy lifestyle if it's made fun for them. Here are some ideas for how to help them prepare, and even cook, their own meals and choose activities they enjoy.
As a general rule, children should aim to include in their daily diet:
Whether your child is in reception or year 6, it's always a good time to teach them how to take care of their bodies.
Physical activity is an important part of achieving a healthy weight. It's recommended children have at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
For more on how much activity children should do and what counts as activity:
If your child isn't used to being active, encourage them to start with what they can do and build up to 60 minutes a day.
They're more likely to stick to their new activity levels if you let them choose the type of activity they're comfortable with.
The school your child attends should provide opportunities for physical activity and healthy food at lunchtime.
Some schools will help ensure your child does not bring unhealthy foods to school by working with parents to set guidelines on healthy packed lunches.
Schools also often offer a range of after-school activity clubs in football, netball, dancing, martial arts, gymnastics and so on. These are a great way for your child to boost their activity levels.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.