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Change4Life Launches ‘100 calorie snacks, two a day max’ campaign

06/02/2018

Change4Life Launches ‘100 calorie snacks, two a day max’ campaign

06/02/2018

“Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max”.

Change4Life has launched a new campaign encouraging parents to give only two 100 calorie snacks a day to their kids. The catchy advert is being aired on radio and TV promote and advise parents to limit the number of unhealthy snacks to combat child obesity.

So how can you make healthier choices for your children and what else can you do to ensure your child is healthy?

Choosing Healthy Snacks for Children

Making healthier choices can be difficult, with so many options on the shelf it can be a daunting task.

You’ll be surprised at how many snacks advertised for children are high in sugar, so it’s important to make healthier choices.

Change4Life’s advice is simple. Look for 100 calories snacks and limit these to no more than two a day.

Usually, snacks that are 100 calories will contain less sugar.

So how can you find 100 calorie snacks?

All packaging for snacks will show the calories information per portion.

Although not used on all packaging the traffic light system is a simple way to view the energy and sugar content.

Packing Traffic Light System
Image credit: nhs.uk/change4life

The concept is simple; green is low and red is high. You will see calories labelled as kcal and energy next to the Fat, Saturated Fat, Sugar and Salt information.
For a quick handy way to view nutritional information, you can also use the Food Scanner app launched by Public Health England.

Why Give Children Snacks?

Active children need to keep up their energy, it’s very important to make sure your child gets the right amount of calories each day (as well as all those healthy vitamins and minerals).

Although high-calorie snacks are a quick way to increase energy, many of these are full of sugar. This is the wrong kind of energy and often causes high bursts of energy, followed by very low energy.

It’s good to be aware of your children’s daily recommended calorie intake. The average varies based on age, to find out the recommended intake for your children visit nhs.uk

Make Healthy Snacks for Children

One way to make sure your children are eating healthy snacks is to make them yourself.

You can prepare tons of low-calorie snacks with fruit, veg and eggs. Homemade popcorn is a great low-calorie snack and your kids will have fun making it too.

Participate in Activities and Sports

Choosing healthier snacks and reducing sugar intake will go a long way to a healthy and happier child. However, it’s also important to encourage your children to be active.

Play active games at home and encourage them to participate in sports and activities.

At Multi Sport Pro we have a range of children’s sports holiday camps covering Multi Sports, Kick Pro football clubs and Inflatables. As well as after-school clubs where children can participate in group sports from cricket, football, dodgeball and more.

Get in touch for more information.

Sources:
https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids/100-calorie-snacks
https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/food-labels
https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/how-many-calories-do-children-need.aspx?CategoryID=51

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