Nutrition

Healthy lifestyle choices are important for good health and well-being. Eating well means eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from a variety of food groups and staying within your individual caloric needs. Providing healthy meals at home is easier when you know what to shop for and understand how to make healthy choices about the food you and your family eat.

Key concepts of Encore Health’s Nutrition advice are:

  • Enjoy fresh, locally gown, and nutrient-rich food
  • Avoid oversized portions
  • For main meals, make half your plate vegetables, and a side-serving of fruit
  • Make at your grains unprocessed “whole grains”
  • Avoid trans-fats and added salts, and processed foods
  • Pay attention to ingredient lists, not to be overwhelmed by nutritional panels
  • Drink Water instead of sugary drinks.

Childhood obesity impacts a child’s physical, mental and emotional health immediately and sets the stage for a number of health problems later in life. Type 2 Diabetes is increasingly diagnosed among children and adolescents who are obese. These children and teenagers are often afflicted with poor self-esteem and forced to fight social stigma and discrimination. These conditions can lead to depression and other emotional problems, as well as social isolation, and can prevent children from achieving their full potential.

Furthermore, a poor diet combined with a lack of physical activity can negatively impact student concentration, performance, and motivation to learn. There is a direct link between good nutrition and a child’s ability to learn, play, grow, and develop. Well-nourished children can achieve higher test scores, better school attendance, and have fewer behavioural problems. Explore the links below for information on Nutrition topics…

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