Topic 1 Introduction

It has been found that the lifestyle and attitudes in the family context are factors that influence the development of childhood obesity. Families play a critical role in the prevention of childhood obesity, and in promoting healthy eating during different stages of their children’s development. Healthy eating habits early in life predict healthy eating habits later in life. Our eating behavior is shaped at home, while the school environment is equally important for adolescents.

Parents can learn how to create a healthy eating environment at home. By playing fun games and do practical activities together, parents can teach their children about nutrition, food groups, and preparing food. This is a fun and creative way parents, with a little patience and guidance, can support their children to appreciate healthy eating. 

In this unit some activities and games are suggested, which can be recommended for parents to do with their children to promote a healthy lifestyle.

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