Good Food, Good Mood!

Consultant Nutritionist Laura Matthews visited The Mead School, where she engaged both parents and Year 5 & 6 students in an interactive session focused on healthy, nutritious eating. Her approach combined educational talks, an open Q & A session, and practical advice to empower the children to make informed, healthy choices.

During her visit, Laura emphasized the importance of understanding food labels and ingredients, particularly highlighting the high sugar content in many popular drinks. She explained how excessive sugar intake can lead to health issues such as obesity, dental problems, and energy imbalances.

How can you help at home?

  1. Educate about nutrition: talk to the children about the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins in growing and playing
  2. Involve them in food preparation: Children enjoy eating much more when they have prepared the food.
  3. Lead by example: Children often mimic adult behaviours. Eat as a family encouraging children to try their food.
  4. Make foods accessible: Serve the dishes for children to help themselves.
  5. Introduce new foods gradually: Children are often hesitant to try new foods. Introduce new items alongside familiar favourites and avoid pressuring them to eat.
  6. Healthy snacks and lunches: give healthy options for snacks and lunches. Encourage children to choose healthy options when they have school meals.
  7. Consistency with the snacks Let them know their snacks in advanced so they know what to expect and when.