The best way to ensure your child has a healthy lifestyle is to be a role model to your child.

Children learn from copying the behaviours of those they see around them. As a parent, or adult who is in close contact with children it is important that the behaviours they see and copy are positive.

As a role model allow your child to see adults:

  • Eating fruit and vegetables at snack time.
  • Being involved in active play and physical sessions
  • Participating in family mealtimes
  • Modelling skills such as throwing, jumping, balancing and sharing
  • Food shopping and preparing food
  • Enjoying being active and having fun

As a role model encourage and support children by:

  • Encouraging them to learn to eat a variety of foods.
  • Praising them when they try a new activity or food.
  • Talking to them about food and making healthy choices.
  • Encouraging them to play with others.
  • Involving them in food shopping, food preparation and mealtimes.
  • Helping them to find activities they enjoy and to understand the importance of moving.

Do it together:

If we are trying to change children’s behaviours then it is important to do it together.

Remember it only takes a little to achieve a lot and it is easy to introduce healthy eating and activity behaviours into routines so that they become part of your everyday life.

Take a look at Startwell’s web site which gives more hints, tips and information about keeping healthy and active together.


Keeping Active

My Child

Going to Bed Early