Apr 04 2012

Top tips for a healthy Easter

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) has launched a set of top tips to help families have a happy and healthy Easter.

Easter can be tricky time not to over indulge as the shops fill up with chocolate eggs and bunnies. MEND’s top tips give families healthy alternatives and ideas on how to make the most of the Easter holiday by being creative, getting active and enjoying family time.

MEND’s Top Tips on how to have a healthy Easter

1.    Start the day with a special Easter eggy brekkie! Get the children to help you make poached or scrambled egg on toast – this will keep them fuller for longer and make them less tempted to graze on chocolate all day.

2.    Pick the smallest chocolate egg you can find. The size of an Easter egg has grown over the years and they’re now more likely to be the size of an ostrich egg rather than a small bird’s egg.

3.    Encourage the kids to spend a morning decorating hard boiled eggs – you could even buy some edible paint and have them for lunch afterwards!

4.    Give a gift that stands out. Children get a lot of eggs at Easter, so why not give them something different. How about buying a small present that will encourage them to get outside, play and enjoy spring? Children love toys like bats and balls, playground chalk, children’s gardening kits, kites and skipping ropes. Why not encourage other family members such as grandparents to do the same?

5.    Scrap the egg hunt, it’s treasure children are after! Hide some clues for the children to find around your garden or local park. Instead of sweet treats let them choose a non-food reward such as staying up late, having a friend round for a sleepover, going swimming or a new book.

6.    Get the face paints out and have a face painting competition – see who can make the best Easter bunny or chick!

7.    Enjoy sweet treats in moderation, but don’t have them instead of healthy meals. Doing this encourages people to eat unhealthily and can leave children feeling irritable and sick.

8.    Get children cooking! Involving children in the food preparation of healthy meals is a great way to get them excited about eating healthy food, and it keeps them entertained. Why not bake some wholemeal hot cross buns together, or get them to help you make a special Easter lunch.

9.    Play a traditional Easter game like egg tapping – each player holds a hard-boiled egg and taps the eggs of other players to break them while trying to keep their own undamaged.

10.    Don’t beat yourself up if you and the family over indulge this Easter time – many people do. Just make sure you keep an eye on your portion sizes and make an extra special effort to be healthy in the weeks that follow the holidays.

Notes to editor

For media enquiries or to speak with a case study family, please contact Claire Nevill on 020 7231 7225 or claire.nevill@mendcentral.org  For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07872 506996.

About MEND

•    MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!) is the leading provider of free healthy lifestyle programmes for families in local communities.
•    MEND works with public, private and third sector partners to provide a range of healthy lifestyle programmes for families with children aged between two and 13 years (MEND 2-4, MEND 5-7 and MEND 7-13).
•    Since it was founded in 2004, MEND has helped over 30,000 families across the UK to become fitter, healthier and happier by providing information about healthy eating and how to keep active.
•    Developed in partnership with child health experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University College London’s Institute of Child Health, independent research shows that the MEND 7-13 programme helps children reduce their BMI and improve their fitness and self-esteem.
•    www.mendcentral.org

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