The Alcohol Education Trust - Parents Newsletter (Ed 28)
With Christmas only a few weeks, we expect your young people have started to get excited about the big day and also the school holidays! With lots of parties around, it’s an important time of year to have a chat with your children about keeping safe around alcohol. Click here to view the Autumn Term, December 2017 Parents Newsletter
You may think your children will encounter alcohol whatever you do, so what’s the point of talking about alcohol? These tips from the Alcohol Education Trust will help you approach the issue of drinking with your children.
Talk about alcohol www.talkaboutalcohol.com is written and managed by a charity called The Alcohol Education Trust (AET). The talkaboutalcohol.com site is designed to be used by young people in a classroom setting as part of PSHE lessons on alcohol. It is designed mainly for Key stage 3 and complements the Talk About Alcohol teacher workbook, which is full of lesson plans, games and worksheets – It can be downloaded here
The charity provides engaging evaluated and fun activities for 11-18 year olds across the UK, trains teachers and reaches out to parents. All our work is around keeping young people safe around alcohol. You can learn more here
If your child develops an eating disorder, you may feel unsure how to help and how to act around them. The NHS Choices website offers advice to parents.
Healthy breaks for schools
If you are unsure what to put in your child's lunchbox, the following guidelines will help you make the right healthy choices. Click here to view the full article or visit http://www.enjoyhealthyeating.info for healthy eating advice for all the family.
Change 4 Life
On the Change4Life website there are a number of great resources with everything you need to support key healthy eating messages to children and their families. All of these resources can be used on your interactive whiteboard. Click here to visit the website. Click here to visit the website.
Half the sugar children are having comes from snacks and sugary drinks.
Too much sugar can lead to harmful fat building up inside and serious health problems, including painful tooth decay.
Fruit and vegetables are always the best choice, but if you're shopping for packaged snacks for your children, use this helpful tip: look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!
Support to be a healthy weight is a key priority for Gloucestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and the Integrated Care System (ICS).
The recent National Children Measurement Programme (NCMP) data for Gloucestershire shows that 1 in 10 children (10%) are living with obesity by the time they start school. This figure is higher than the average for England (9.5%).
By Year 6, 17.8% of children are living with obesity. This figure is lower than the average for England (20.1%).
Whilst there have been some year on year fluctuations for both year groups since data collection began, overall we’ve not seen a reduction.
Gloucestershire data mirrors the national trend with those living in more deprived areas more likely to be affected by obesity. Similarly, children from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and those living in urban areas are also disproportionately affected.
Health is one of the most valuable things that we can have. Small changes to our lifestyles and to how we live can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.
If you live in Gloucestershire, our Healthy Lifestyles team is on hand to help and support you. We can work with you to identify small changes that you can make, as well as supporting you to achieve them.
Whether you’re thinking about losing weight, giving up smoking, getting more active or just improving your overall wellbeing, we are here to help you.
We can work with you, and we also have a range of tools that you can use on your own to make and track lifestyle changes that will help you to be your best.
Call free on 0800 122 3788
For service information : www.hlsglos.org
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