Friday, 1 May 2009

Healthier kids, better country!

Fast facts

Here are a few facts about the health of teenagers that may surprise you:

  1. It’s estimated that by the year 2020, 30 per cent of boys and 40 per cent of girls will be obese;
  2. Around half of all 15-year-olds have some sort of tooth decay, thanks in part to fizzy drinks;
  3. A single sachet of salt on kids lunch gives them two-thirds of the recommended daily amount.
    Jamie Oliver, the most known british chef, embarked upon his school dinners campaign to improve the quality of food fed to teenagers.The campaign proved to be ultimately successful.

    Food for thought

    Improving your eating habits won’t just do wonders for your health, it can help you out in a number of other ways.

    Snacking on fruit instead of packets of crisps and biscuits keeps your skin looking great, while drinking lots of water stops you feeling tired and keeps you hydrated- which helps you get fewer headaches - and means that you’re less likely to reach for that can of fizzy drink

    The changes include meals that use fresh meat and fish, a wider selection of fruit and vegetables and make it easier to get still and sparkling water. The new menus will offer you more choice from a range of tasty healthy meals.

    In the website below, you can read Jamie's Oliver manifesto and you can see how funny it is to cook and eat better quality food.

    I know it is difficult for scepticists and close-minded to change their habits but i think this is the kind of thing to apply in portuguese schools. 

    Healthier kids, better country! 

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