Healthy Eating

The food we eat is central to health and children’s diets are an important influence on their health now and in the future.

The section includes downloadable resources focused on healthy eating giving parents and carers lots of ideas about leading a healthy lifestyle.

Change for life Top Tips:

Sugar Swaps: Swapping sugary snacks and drinks for ones that are lower in sugar can make a big difference to children’s calorie intake.

Meal Time: It’s important for children to have regular nutritious meals as growing bodies respond better to routine.  Aim for 3 + 2. This means 3 meals and 2 snacks per day.

Snack Check: Many snacks are full of things that are bad for us – sugar, salt, fat and calories.  Try to keep a careful eye on what snacks children are having.

Me-Size Meals: Even though they’re growing, it’s important to make sure children get just the right amount of food for their age – not too little and not too much.

5 A Day: It’s easier than you think to give your children 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.  Ensure at least one portion with every meal - breakfast, dinner and tea and then 2 fruit or vegetable snacks per day.

Cut Back Fat: Too much fat is bad for us, cut back on fat by using leaner cuts of meat, removing the skin and by trying grilling or steaming instead of frying.

60 Active Minutes: Children need to do at least 60 minutes of activity a day to help them stay happy and healthy; try walking to school or the shop instead of taking the car.

Click on the topic areas below to find out further information:


Schools Meals 


Lunchbox Ideas