among children between the ages of 6 and 19. The general solution to combating obesity is simple – healthy eating and exercise. But if probed further, it is also evident that schools today have not taken the right steps in promoting healthy eating.
Here are three simple steps that will help in providing a better and healthier start for our kids’ school day.
1. Pack your own lunchbox from home instead of having food at schools.
Schools in Kuwait today serve food items such as croissants, mayonnaise and sausage sandwiches, cupcakes, full-fat milk and full-fat pastry (like fatayers) on a daily basis. This means school children are exposed to such fatty and sugary food items so early in the day.
An ideal lunchbox should contain the following:
2. Ditch the juice box, switch to the milk box.
One of the most common misconceptions among parents is thinking that juice boxes are healthy for children and to include it in their child’s lunchbox.
The truth is quite the opposite. Juice boxes contain so much sugar and preservatives, that the goodness of the natural fruit is barely evident. Most times, juice boxes only have the flavoring of the fruit so what you end up giving your child is a sugary drink with a fruit flavor.
Milk, on the other hand is important to children up to the age of 16. They should have three glasses of milk daily as it contains high quality proteins and is rich in minerals that are important for healthy bones and teeth. Also, alternating between fresh milk, chocolate, strawberry or even banana milk is a great step in ensuring your child won’t get bored with the flavor.
3. Breakfast at home, lunchbox at school.
The lunchbox is not a substitute for breakfast. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Most children avoid having breakfast early in the morning because they don’t feel hungry.
The solution to this is to start with a light meal, such as a glass of milk. Once your child’s stomach gets used to the idea of having food in the morning, he or she will wake up feeling hungry. Then you can gradually increase it to a small bowl of cereal or even a light sandwich.
Breakfast is extremely important as it ensures that your child’s brain is fueled up in the morning to absorb the information and knowledge taught at school.
In conclusion, a quick guide for a healthy lunchbox.