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October 29 2015

Principal’s Message Oct 28, 15

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

This week the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a statement on red meat and cancer that has lead to a lot of people talking about the health benefits of the food we eat. Many believe that these conversations are well over due with the rise in eating fast-food and overly processed foods leading to a wide range of health problems.

The WHO recognise that unhealthy eating habits is a world wide problem, and it is definitely an is- sue that is affecting the quality of life of most people in Hong Kong. Earlier this year the Hong Kong government released the following statistics:
– Over 80% of people in Hong Kong do not get eat an adequate amount of fruit and vegetables.
– Over 60% of people in Hong Kong do not get enough physical activity.
– Nearly 40% of people in Hong Kong are overweight or obese.

Developing healthy eating habits start when people are very young and as parents we have a responsibility to help our children form the right habits that will hopefully benefit them throughout their lives. However, with so much different advice out there on what is healthy, some parents find it difficult to know what they should do. To help cut through the confusion, Kidshealth.org have put together their 10 key rules that they believe every parent should live by:

1. Parents control the supply lines. You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them. Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won’t go hungry. They’ll eat what’s available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn’t all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don’t feel deprived.

2. From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all. Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selections you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.

3. Quit the “clean-plate club.” Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn’t help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat.

4. Start them youn Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety. Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies. You may need to serve a new food a few different times for a child to accept it. Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites. With older kids, ask them to try one bite.

5. Rewrite the kids’ menu. Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.

6. Drink calories coun Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it’s 100%, but kids don’t need much of it — 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.

7. Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets are fine, but don’t turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner. When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.

8. Food is not love. Find better ways to say “I love you.” When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with stress or other emotions. Offer hugs, praise, and attention instead of food treats.

9. Kids do as you Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible. Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don’t skip meals.

10. Limit TV and computer time. When you do, you’ll avoid mindless snacking and encourage activity. Re- search has shown that kids who cut down on TV-watching also reduced their percentage of body fat. When TV and computer time are limited, they’ll find more active things to do. And limiting “screen time” means you’ll have more time to be active together.

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