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					How can I encourage my                           Why is calcium so important?                                     7 to 10 years: 550mg                           more sports and play with his or her friends’        How can I encourage my                            How can I prevent my child
                                                                                                                                                                 team, then support your child wisely.
child to eat more fruits and                                                                                      11 to 17 years: 1,000mg                                                                             child to have breakfast in                        from eating the same meal
                                                 Calcium is a key building nutrient for strong
vegetables?                                      and healthy bones. It is therefore essential                  To give you an example, one pot of plain milk
                                                                                                                                                                 Here are some tips to motivate your child to         the morning?                                      everyday?
                                                                                                                                                                 remain active:
                                                 that calcium is included in your child’s diet,                yoghurt (200ml) contains about 275mg of                                                                                                                  At each meal encourage children to try
Children are often reluctant to spontaneously                                                                                                                                                                         Breakfast is the most important meal of the
eat fruit and vegetables and often prefer the    particularly from childhood to adolescence.                   calcium.                                            Firstly, try to choose an activity that fits into   day and is essential for a healthy start. Our     at least a few bites of different nutritious
                                                 This ensures that your kids get a good start                                                                      your child’s age group as otherwise she / he                                                         foods, explaining to them the benefits for
taste of other foods, including salty or sweet                                                                 Good sources of calcium can be found in milk                                                           bodies, and particularly children’s, need to be
                                                 to their adult lives with the strongest bones                                                                     will quickly become bored or frustrated;                                                             their bodies. Be patient! Children are often
snacks. Most of the time they eat what is                                                                      and other dairy products, such as yoghurt or                                                           refuelled in the morning. Skipping breakfast
                                                 possible.                                                                                                                                                                                                              slow to accept tastes and textures they don’t
available at home.                                                                                             cheese where you should choose lower-fat            Secondly, make it easy for your kid to take        can make them feel tired and restless, as well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as get hungry before lunchtime. A balanced        know.
                                                 It is so important since we know that bone                    options, but also in other food such as green       part in a physical activity by providing him/
Therefore take care about what you serve at
                                                 calcium begins to decrease as early as young                  leafy vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.      her with the right equipment or taking             breakfast will help them avoid grabbing           Try also to involve your child in choosing
meals and the kinds of snacks you have in your
                                                 adulthood, bringing with it a risk of developing              And don’t forget to encourage your child to         him/her to the various sporting facilities         snacks before the next main meal.                 some new recipes with ingredients which
cupboards!
                                                 bone diseases such as osteoporosis or fractures               take part in regular physical activities, which     or clubs;                                                                                            she/he likes and suggest that she/he comes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If your child is not hungry in the morning,
Here are some tips to make them appreciate       due to weakened bones.                                        are vital to bone health too!                                                                                                                            to the shops with you and that you cook the
                                                                                                                                                                   Finally, your child should have fun while          make a packed breakfast so that she/he
healthy foods:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          meal together.
                                                 Have a look at the current recommendations                                                                        playing! She/he has to enjoy an activity           can eat it later in the morning: fresh fruits,
  Be sure to serve vegetables and fruit at       from the European Scientific Committee on                      How can I motivate my child                         otherwise she/he will consider it as a burden      individual boxes of cereals and yoghurts are      Caution: These recommendations are intended
  every meal and even between the meals so       Food on calcium intakes:                                                                                          and there is little hope that she/he will want     easy to carry.                                    for people generally in good health and who
                                                                                                               to stay interested in regular
  that eating them becomes a daily routine;                                                                                                                        to continue!                                                                                         can consume all foods without any problem.
                                                    1 to 3 years: 400mg of calcium daily                       physical activities?                                                                                   Stock your kitchen with different healthy
  Make it easy for your child to have the                                                                                                                        Take the time to notice and compliment               breakfast options.
                                                    4 to 6 years: 450mg                                        As children grow older, they may lose interest
  choice between various healthier snacks,                                                                                                                       him/her on his/her improvements: this will
                                                                                                               in playing or exercising as they once did.                                                             Try to make breakfast an appealing meal
  by keeping fruits and vegetables at hand                                                                                                                       encourage him/her to continue playing.               by varying the options and being aware
  and ready to eat;                                                                                            However, regular exercise helps them to                                                                that they include good sources of nutrients
                                                                                                               remain fit and brings many benefits, such as                                                             (such as carbohydrates, protein and fibre):
  Make eating fruit easier, for example, by
                                                                                                               strong bones and muscles, cardiovascular                                                               whole grain cereals, fresh fruits, yoghurt,
  preparing a fruit salad.
                                                                                                               health and weight control. A good physical                                                             whole grain bread, eggs, cheese, fruit juice,
Finally, the best way to encourage your child                                                                  condition helps them also to develop self-                                                             milk, etc.
to eat fruit and vegetables is to eat them                                                                     esteem and alertness.
yourself! Children are more likely to follow
                                                                                                               Keep in mind that you can just walk instead
the example of adults they see every day. By
                                                                                                               of taking your car for small distances or use
eating healthier food you will give your child
                                                                                                               the stairs more instead of jumping into the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      record holder Rosolino Cannio will be lending their support.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      around the EU. Belgian tennis champion Justine Henin and 8-year old Guinness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ’eat well, because it’s fun to be fit’ straight into primary and secondary schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Under the motto ‘Eat it, Drink it, Move it’, the campaign will take the message

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      diet and a healthy lifestyle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      awareness and promote a balanced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the campaign’s objective is to raise
                                                                                                              you why fruit, veg and milk are good for you. Fit is fun with the Tasty Bunch!                          Union grow about child obesity,    y
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                                                                                                              more. Read the Tasty Bunch food stories! The 14 fun characters of the campaign will show                better. As concerns in the European
                                                                                                              In the ‘toolbox’ section you’ll find plenty of teaching material, tips for parents and much              children’s eating habits for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Campaign’s key goal is to change
                                                                                                              smart choices about the food you eat.                                                                   Rural Development, the Tasty Bunch
                                                                                                              There will be online games and prizes to win and you’ll be learning all you need to make                Commissioner for Agriculture and
                                                                                                              Check the Tasty Bunch website to find out more about the campaign and its roadshow.                      2009 by Mariann Fischer Boel,
                                                                                                                                                            Eat it, Drink it, Move it…Visit it!                       Launched on 28 September

                                                                                                                                                   ec.europa.eu/tasty-bunch                                                            Eat it, Drink it, Move it!
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