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Nursery marks World Obesity Day
BY IMRAN MOJIB November 24, 2015
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DUBAI: On the occasion of World  Obesity Day, and to encourage healthy eating among children, British Orchard Nursery has joined hands with Lifeline Healthcare Group to launch a “healthy lunchbox” competition. The campaign that started yesterday will conclude on Thursday.

Aimed at controlling obesity among schoolchildren, the campaign educates children as well as their parents on the benefits of eating healthy snacks and the harmful effects of caloric-laden food that children consume. The initiative includes talks by the healthcare provider, organised at different locations of British Orchard Nursery.

Parents attending the interactive sessions will be guided on how to make food look appealing to young children, nutritional value of important foodstuff, most common myths about nutritive value of certain foods, what comes under junk and ill effects of junk among other topics related to developing healthy food habits in young children.

It is a known fact that childhood obesity is becoming an increasing problem. From a recent survey of 4,000 schoolchildren in the Arab countries, aged between three and 16, they found that 25 per cent of these were overweight or obese. Teaching healthy eating behaviours to children at an early age has proved to be essential as change becomes more difficult with age. Behaviours involving physical activity and nutrition are the cornerstone of preventing obesity in children and adolescents. Families and nurseries /schools are the two most critical links in providing the foundation of those behaviours.
 

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