Kid's food challenge

Date: 2007


What’s this all about?a grumpy looking child eating

As parents and guardians many of you are making huge efforts to ensure your kids are eating healthily and limiting the number of sweets and unhealthy snacks they eat. You’ll know already that some of these treat foods are okay as part of a healthy balanced diet, but eating too many is not a good idea. At the moment, kids are eating on average about twice as many treat foods as they should be, so it’s time to think about cutting down.

The kid's food challenge is for, the parent or guardian, and it is designed to give you the information, ideas and practical tools you need to encourage your child to eat healthier food. It’s not a comprehensive guide, just a starting point to help get you going. The chart is aimed at young children between the ages of two and eight, but it’s even better if the whole family wants to join in. Older children may like to be involved if they think they are helping their younger brothers and sisters.Making small changes to your children’s diet could make big differences to their future health. But that doesn’t mean your kids can’t have ‘nice’ things to eat. There are lots of healthy, tasty options - more about them later.

What do we mean by treat foods?

Unhealthy snack foods such as cakes, biscuits, crisps, chocolate, sweets and sugary drinks.

Why cut down?

These foods are often high in sugar, fat or saturated fat, and low in vitamins and minerals. That’s why kids shouldn’t eat them too often. If they fill up on these foods they’ll have no room left for the nutritious foods they need to eat.

For more information or to order a copy of this booklet email or call the safefood helpline:

NI 08000851683

ROI 1850404567