exclaimationHey kids!

If you have come to this page wanting more fun stuff, then quick get out of here!

This page is full of all the boring stuff parents and teachers like.

Play the Healthy Plate game

Mission one:
Play the Know your Food and Drinks game with your child to find out how much of each type of food you should have at each meal.

Play the Healthy Plate game

Top tip…
Your fist is roughly the size of one portion. Use it to measure how much of each food type you should have on your plate!
Mission two:
If you get to school by car, park a bit further away so you can complete your journey by being active. There are lots of good reasons to walk, bike or scoot to school:

  • It can make your children brainier – no really! A little bit of exercise before school has been shown to improve childrens scores in tests at school – no extra studying required!
  • It’s a good time to talk – walking, biking or scooting to school with family or friends is a great time to chat
  • It’s good for you – walking, biking and scooting will help you to get fitter and improve your balance and co-ordination
  • It saves money – on average leaving the car at home saves £400 each year
school_signDid you know…
There are around 33,000 children in Derby who travel to school every day.
Mission three:
Get your child to draw a rainbow and list all the fruits and vegetables they think of for each colour. Get them to try to eat something from each colour including some fruit or veg they’ve never tried before! Each fruit and vegetable has different nutrients, so the more variety you eat the better. Try these ways to help you eat more:

  • Add chopped fruit to your breakfast cereal
  • Add a piece of fruit to your packed lunch
  • Add some salad to your sandwich
  • Add some mushrooms, pineapple or sweetcorn to your pizza topping
  • Have a glass of fruit juice
  • Add some chopped vegetables to your pasta sauce
Did you know… apple_260x260Apples float in water because they are 25% air! A tomato is a fruit – the most popular one in the world.
Mission four:
Children should try to do an hour’s exercise every day to keep fit and strong, but it doesn’t have to be sport. Playing games or running around the garden, skipping, bouncing on a trampoline, kicking a ball around or helping with jobs at home all count.
Did you know…
If you’re in a bad mood or feel a bit upset, being active can help make you feel better.
Mission five:
Sitting still for a long time isn’t very good for us. Why not try something more active with the children instead of letting them watch TV or playing game consoles. Perhaps you can motivate your child by having then earn some pocket money by helping to wash the car, vacuum or mop the floor.
Did you know…
Too much screen time is bad for us (that includes us adults too!). For our children playing computer games for three hours or more makes it more difficult to concentrate and read at school.
Mission six: fizzy_pop_260x260
There are between 9 and 20 teaspoons of sugar in a regular can of fizzy or energy drink. That’s as much as 3 and a half packets of Chewitts in one drink! If you are struggling getting you child to drink water, try starting with a mix of water and fruit juice.
Did you know…
Your blood contains a lot of water and carries oxygen to all the cells of your body. Without oxygen, those tiny cells would die and your body would stop working.