Bad Habits and Bad food are killing us
In this article Christina Patterson is stating how Diana Carney (the bank of englands wife) had offered her back to school tips to parents on her blog, but Christina Patterson states that she had forgotten how important it is for a parent to look after their children’s health. This is true as children today spend most of their time in front of a TV screen or a computer screen however it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child is participating in physical activities.
In this article it states that UCL Hospital’s researchers discovered , that half of seven year olds do less than an hour of physical activity in any day and that children need a positive attitude towards exercising, they should be offered choices and a wide range of activities that they could engage in. I feel this statement true schools should offer more than just PE and playtime for exercise, they should offer after school clubs that will enhance and promote their physical development.
It may be the case that some schools offer these services for children but children may not go to them because the parents cannot finance after school clubs so the children miss out. For some children the only exercise they may get is when they have PE or playtime in school, this could be due to the living conditions children have at home such as living in a deprived area where there is no playground, park or green area for them to exercise. Therefore schools should offer after school clubs with a wide variety of activities to interest girls and boys and which are affordable or even free for some parents who may not be able to afford this.
For example parents on job seekers allowance should access this provision for free and parents who work should be encouraged to finance the clubs dependant on their income. In this article it Christina Patterson states that schools should be responsible for teaching pupils how to cook and eat healthy, this statement is true because as I have seen through observation during work placement; children who have school meals are provided with healthy nutritious food but the children who are provided with packed lunch do not all have healthy foods and these tend to be packed with salty sugary foods and drinks.
I personally think where parents are failing in this area the school should work in partnership with the parents to discuss, offer advice and support them on what is healthy. I feel there is a relationship between parent’s lifestyles and that of their children in terms of what they eat, how they eat it and their activity levels. This provides a good rationale for encouraging parents to model healthy behaviours. It could be argued that children’s lifestyles could only change for the better if they live in a household where adults are leading a healthy lifestyle themselves.
Studies indicate that older children’s food preferences resemble their parent’s food preferences more than younger children’s do, therefore the benefits of role modelling becomes more apparent as children get older but must start when they are of primary age. Healthy food can be bought on a budget and will require a commitment to cook from scratch. Advice on healthy alternatives is important so parents can ensure there is a consistency in their healthy eating habits.
In conclusion there shouldn’t be a huge gap of physical activity from school to home and I would recommend that schools share an expectation of recommended physical activity so that parents have an understanding of what their child should engage in and how best to meet this need. The TV screen culture which so many children are nurtured on must be addressed at home but the motivation and expectation of the same must be addressed at school through extra curricular activities which promote physical development.