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The STA Foundation

Nutritional Food Parcels

What is Good Nutrition for Children?

A good nutritious diet means your body gets all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to work at its best. Apart from breastmilk as a food for babies, no single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to stay healthy and work properly. For this reason, our diets should contain a variety of different foods, to help us get the wide range of nutrients that our bodies need.

A healthy diet should provide us with the right amount of energy (calories or kilojoules), from foods and drinks to maintain energy balance. Energy balance is where the calories taken in from the diet are equal to the calories used by the body. We need these calories to carry out everyday tasks such as walking and moving about, but also for all the functions of the body we may not even think about. Processes like breathing, pumping blood around the body and thinking also require calories.

So, foods and drinks provide the calories we need to go about our daily lives but consuming more calories than we need over a period of time will cause weight gain. This is because, any extra calories we consume but we don’t use, will just be stored as fat.

Benefits of Good Nutrition:

Healthy eating has many benefits for children. It can:

  • Stabilize their energy.
  • Improve their minds.
  • Even out their moods.
  • Help them maintain a healthy weight.
  • Help prevent mental health conditions. These include depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

Children’s Nutrition Statistics

  • There is a huge concern about childhood obesity, where 1 in 3 children aged 4-5, and 1 in 5 children aged 10-11, are overweight or obese.
  • Being overweight as a child increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers in adulthood. So, maintaining a healthy weight is really important for health.

How can The STA Foundation help?

Our team can deliver nutritional food packs for children who need support and also a presentation at your organisation to raise awareness, educate the recipients about Nutrition for Children and inform them of who they can seek support from.

Contact us for further information:
Call us on freephone 0800 038 9807 or email on info@thestafoundation.org