What was on your 2018 new year’s list? Exercise less? Go slower? Scroll through Facebook and Instagram less? Cook more and spend less on convenience foods?
Did anyone make a resolution to feed their kids better, whether it be at home or at school, via lunchboxes? I definitely didn’t, and it’s something I wish I put more effort into. I mean, my kids are healthy and eat pretty well, but there are days when my son might not eat fruit, or drink much water.
Here is where the #DAYONE campaign from DANONE comes in – to get parents pledging to develop and maintain healthier eating habits for their kids (they are wanting to get 1 million pledges from South African parents). The campaign is not about denying your children sweets, or only feeding them kale and steamed fish, for example, but rather it’s about five actions that aren’t that hard to incorporate:
- Eat more fruit and vegetables every day
- Have milk, maas or yoghurt every day
- Eat breakfast every day
- Drink more water every day
- Move every day
Here’s how the pledge works:
- Go to the Facebook page Know Your Yoghurt
- On the banner, click “sign up”
3. You’ll be routed to Messenger, in which you take the pledge. You can also choose to subscribe to tips , recipe ideas and info (this is not compulsory)
Let’s be honest – a pledge is not exactly something that can’t be broken (I mean, the pledge police aren’t exactly going to after me if my child eats cupcakes all day and no fruit or veg). BUT, this pledge is a reminder of what the guidelines are, and it kind of sticks at the back of my mind, while the regular tips from the experts will keep reminding me to do better.
You probably know some good-eating habits and tips, but here Danone offers some research insights, and great advice into nutrition for your kids:
- Calcium is a key nutrient required for a kid’s growing bones. A child at 1-3 years requires 500mg calcium while a 4-8 year child needs 800mg calcium.
- Eating a nutritious breakfast has a positive effect on behaviour, memory and attention, alertness and problem solving.
- Research indicates that children and adolescents who habitually consume breakfast have reduced likelihood of being overweight and more easily maintain their ideal body mass index.
- 14% of South African children aged six to fourteen years are overweight or obese. This is more than twice the worldwide prevalence of 6.7%.
- Fruit and vegetables are nutrient-rich sources that help to boost the body’s natural immune system –this helps parents keep her children present at school.
- Good nutrition is linked to better school and performance and wellbeing.
There’s no harm in signing the pledge, and who knows, maybe your child will have a healthier year mentally and physically with some small changes that this campaign is teaching us about, and reminding us about. And in my opinion (I’m no dietitian – disclaimer), I’m pretty sure that when adults follow these guidelines, they’re probably in for a year of increased wellbeing too. Which probably ticks the box of most people’s new year’s resolutions, right?