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?
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
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
the right m
elevator. And if your kid is happy to go for
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Under the motto ‘Eat it, Drink it, Move it’, the campaign will take the message
diet and a healthy lifestyle.
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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
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