According to Statistics Canada, 31% of Canadian children and youth are overweight and obese.1
Children and youth who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of remaining obese throughout adulthood.2 Just like Physical Activity, it is important to be intentional when program planning includes meals and/or snacks to combat this societal pandemic of poor nutrition.
HIGH FIVE has worked cooperatively with Physical and Health Education Canada to create an exclusive Healthy Eating Toolkit, which is available as a download to front line staff who take HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) and HIGH FIVE Sport training. The toolkit contains educational activities and planning templates which can be modified to promote best practices in eating within kids’ programs. Leaders and coaches learn to engage children in the importance of good food choices to their overall well-being.
Even if a program plan doesn’t include meals, organizations can take the opportunity to help kids understand how to make healthy choices. If children are buying drinks or snacks, we can encourage them to meet Canada’s Food Guide.
1. Based on the body mass index (BMI) measured as part of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) in 2012-2013
2. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). 2013. Addressing Obesity in Children and Youth: Evidence to Guide Action for Ontario.
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