We all want our children to be healthy and happy. But in a world where life has been made much easier by cars, computers and convenience food, it's hardly surprising that a growing number of today's children risk becoming overweight.
Physiotherapists and dietitians know that many of these children are likely to remain overweight as adults unless they exercise and eat well.
Being overweight can put kids at risk of some serious medical conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer and can put unnecessary stress on their growing bones.
As a parent, carer or teacher, you can help your children or pupils enjoy exercise and healthy food.
Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity per day and there are lots of ways to do this. Get them to walk to and from school, or encourage them to take up activities such as cycling or swimming after school or in the holidays. Lending a helping hand with household chores is another way to get them active and has a bonus for parents too!
It's also important for kids to have a healthy diet. They need at least five portions of fruit and veg per day, and it's a good idea to add starchy foods such as bread and pasta to their diet to give them energy. Avoid sugary and fatty foods such as crisps and sweets, except as an occasional treat. Getting kids involved in preparing their meals is a great way for them to learn about healthy eating.
This leaflet, produced by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the British Dietetic Association, is packed with top tips to help you get your kids fit for the future. There are five different version of Fit for the Future, and each dovetails with local health and wellbeing initiatives such.
This leaflet is available in five versions:
- Fit for the Future leaflet - England version
- Fit for the Future leaflet - Wales version (English language)
- Fit for the Future leaflet - Wales version (Welsh language)
- Fit for the Future leaflet - Northern Ireland version
- Fit for the Future leaflet - Scotland version
You can also buy print copies of the leaflet in packs of 50 plus postage.
All other versions of the leaflet can be downloaded below.