If you follow my Facebook page, Instagram account or regularly read this blog, you may have noticed that my content isn’t always specifically directed at kids. I have had many comments and questions around this confusion; ‘I thought this was a kids nutrition page,’ or things to that effect.
It absolutely is correct, The Kids Menu - Nutrition, Fitness, Fun, is about encouraging kids to get active, eat nutritiously and enjoy a healthy lifestyle, but the key elements in making this happen are parents that role model healthy behaviours, communities that value them, and a wider environment and food system that enable them.
So yes, I blog about going on treasure hunts, reducing fussy eating and healthy lunchboxes, but I also blog about the benefits of exercise and quick workout programs for adults. I have written about WHOs new position of sugar, the Health Star Rating System , free-range eggs, and the National Food Plan, because these things too, in one way or another, influences on the health and wellbeing of children;
By showing them the joy of being outdoors and being active, while exploring the natural world,
By showing them the joy of healthy, delicious food, prepared and eaten in a loving, social environment,
By teaching them that adults take care of their bodies with regular exercise, nutritious foods, and a positive relationship with both,
By showing them the value of engaging with the wider world, food systems and politics, and by showing them that they can contribution to the world can make a difference to their own health and the health of others.
So as random and as unconducive some of my post may seem, they are all working to the same goal of helping children and families to get active, eat nutritiously and enjoy a healthy lifestyle, just from different perspectives.
Nikki is a PhD qualified Nutritionist and an expert in children's eating.