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Health Education and Nutrition for Children

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´╗┐Shannon-Elise Stevenson Pin: 11/712249 C1 It is important that a child has a routine; they begin many aspects of healthy living, good habits and behaviour that are needed in day-to-day life. Children don?t have a lot of power in their lives and it can help to give them a logic of organization, stability and comfort. This helps to develop better behaviour and a sense of individual control, i.e. bathing and brushing their teeth as part of a morning and night time routine will create good personal hygiene and health habits. The framework for planning and implementing nutrition education programmes has been made and is based on numerous assumptions that have been set up from past experiences of nutrition education and on the altering framework for nutrition education in many other countries. ...read more.


Nutrition promotion and education cannot plainly change some factors, such as poverty, low income, employment, education, social impacts, disability or ethnicity; they must obtain impacts into account in the design, development and implementation of the programme. This will require them to move away from individual behaviour changes and consider in their planning environmental supports, organisation changes, developments and working together across different sectors and social networks. Health education in schools is based on a approach in the classroom, using topics such as smoking, alcohol, physical activity, healthy eating, sexuality, relationships, safety, mental health etc. A health promoting school approach can provide holistic support for new work following the curriculum. I.e. a curriculum about healthy eating and lifestyle can be supported by children being involved by; ensuring healthy food is available at all times, include vending machines this will ...read more.


Initiatives and programmes that follow evidence based teaching practises and whole school approaches have been shown to frequently increase student knowledge about food and diet. However, changes in student eating behaviours have been less successful than it was thought to be as, girls tend to benefit more than boys, and some initiatives have reported a modest raise in vegetable and fruit intakes. Physical activities initiatives in schools are more successful if they have a full approach e.g. establishing and maintaining appropriate physical environments, having the right resources. Daily physical activity at school has been found to improve children?s enthusiasm and has no negative effects on cognitive development, children gain more benefit from physical activity if they have a number of different opportunities to be active at regular times during the school day i.e. break and lunch times, p.e and dance lessons. ...read more.

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