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Ladybird Healthy Body Leaders Introduction




Developing bones, teeth, muscles and blood require plenty of nutritious food in order to have plenty of energy for play and alert attention in the classroom. Healthy foods for children include fruits, vegetables, milk products, fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs, beans, nuts and whole grains. Saturated fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugar should be limited. A healthy balance between diet and physical activity is needed to ensure normal growth, build strong muscles and bones and provide energy for play. Healthy food ensures a child reaches their full potential for growth, development and good health. Children need a variety of foods that provide energy and nutrients including protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. It is recommended that both adults and children eat four or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day. One of the best things you can do to improve your health and keep your body a healthy weight is to eat more fruit and vegetables. They are a quick and convenient way of providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Fruit and vegetables are packed full of goodness, high in fibre, rich in A, C and E group vitamins, low in calories and almost fat free. Experts recommend that we eat four or more portions of fruit or vegetables every day. Through the activities in this section we can help our Ladybird Guides to think about what they eat and encourage them to eat more fruit and vegetables


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