Tuck Shop He@lth _ nutr-e-book
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in South Africa with many of our young children being overweight or obese. Excessive weight gain during childhood contributes to the development of lifestyle diseases in adulthood. Diseases of lifestyle such as diabetes or high blood pressure can be both debilitating and fatal. Apart from the prevention of disease, good nutrition plays an important role in the promotion of optimal growth and development. Adequate brain development is essential for learning and therefore healthy eating is fundamental to a child reaching his/her full potential!
Healthy eating, and therefore nutrition education, is important from an early age! Food sold at school can be the perfect vehicle to educate children about healthy eating … A healthy tuck shop can expose children to the concepts of variety and balance as well as encourage healthy food choices. A healthy tuck shop can, therefore, make a valuable contribution to a child’s growth, development and adult health… literally serving its little customers potential for lunch!