Eat Healthy Guide
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Over one third of Welsh children are currently either overweight or obese and this has serious consequences for long term health. Weight gain happens when an imbalance occurs between energy in and energy out.
Eating and drinking, learning about food and nutrition, and developing cooking skills, play an important part of youth work. Youth workers are ideally placed to guide food choices and promote consistent messages across schools, leisure and youth services. Groups such as the National Youth Service Strategy for Wales recognise the importance of engaging and involving young people in decisions about opportunities which will enable them to gain the personal, social, emotional and practical skills they need to get the best from their lives, including making healthier food choices.
This booklet gives practical advice to support youth workers, volunteers and young people, when introducing healthier food and drink in venues where young people meet. It supports work being undertaken through Change4Life, Appetite for Life, and the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes, which all aim to improve the overall diet of young people living in Wales. It is consistent with the Welsh Government’s aim to ensure that our public sector settings are an exemplar of best practice in the drive to create an environment where it is easy for people eat healthily.
We hope this booklet will inspire you to encourage and empower young people to make healthier food and drink choices. Different approaches will work in different settings. Here we set out a step by step guide designed to cover a range of food provision options from tuck shops to hot snacks and meals in youth work settings.