Eating healthy over the six weeks holidays.

During the six weeks of summer holidays, children will tuck into 126 meals before they go back to school.

Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it incredibly hard to teach a child how they should eat healthy. The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy for us.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you are more than likely not like the results.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child/children to try and hopefully like at least a few of them during the holidays. You can be as creative as you like, getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than people think.

Here are some great ideas to make eating healthy fun for your child/children.

  • Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your child to understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always the case. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making
    muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it, or blending vegetables into mash potato.
  • Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat. There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer. Majority of children prefer to eat foods that sound fun.
  • Try to make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery. There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better for children. You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable; even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself, they will think this is fun and will make them want to taste it as they have chosen what to out onto it.
  • Dress the vegetables and fruit up.  Just as much as calling them names help children eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.

 

For example you could draw a funny face onto a banana skin and call the banana ‘Barry the banana’. Although some parents don’t like their children playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but in order for them to enjoy it also has to be fun as well, this means the parents interacting with them and making it fun.

Getting children to eat healthily isn’t always an easy task, because children usually don’t like foods that are good for them. It can however, be done with a bit of creativity and fun. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.

Coming up with delicious dishes every day is hard, especially when kids can be such fussy eaters.

 

Please click here to download our Fun and Healthy recipes to try with your child at home.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to enquire about joining our team of talented franchises please visit: www.yogabugs.com / www.yogafranchises.co.uk 

Top Five Tips To Improve Your Child’s Concentration

  1. Get your child to YogaBugs. Unlike any other children’s activities YogaBugs is specially designed to not only give your child an enjoyable physical work out but also to improve their concentration. They will learn loads, have fun and develop their concentration skills. By using the yoga postures to tell stories, YogaBugs are able to engage children on a variety of levels and develop many skills.
  2. Play ‘Beat The Clock’. Deadlines get things done. If a task has to be completed in a set time this will help your child focus. They way to make it fun is to turn into a game. As a general rule assume your child can concentrate without a break for one minute per year of age. So if your child is 5, set the clock to 5 minutes and ask them to complete the task before the alarm rings.
  3. Avoid overwhelming your child. If your child is whisked from activity to activity they will never settle. Choose a couple of activities and allow for downtime in between. This will help them focus and will produce better results. Remember quality over quantity.
  4. Eat the right foods. Eating healthy food will give your child the energy they need to focus for longer. Avoid foods that are high in sugar as these will lead your child to crash.
  5. Remove all distractions. If you want your child to focus make sure all diversions are out of the way. If the television is off it ceases to become an option. There is no such thing as multi-tasking only multi-failing.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to attend a free taster session please visit: www.yogabugs.com.

We are actively seeking business minded individuals to join our team of talented franchisees who bring the joy of YogaBugs to children in their area. Please visitwww.yogafranchises.co.uk for more info or call Lisa on 0121 77 77792

Top Ten Tips To Get Your Child Fit & Healthy

Number One Tip... Get your child to YogaBugs

Number One Tip… Get your child to YogaBugs

1. Get your child to YogaBugs. YogaBugs is great exercise for all children and fully inclusive for children of all abilities with different classes for various age groups. YogaBugs not only works the body but also develops concentration, self-esteem, literacy and numeracy. YogaBugs uses yoga as a medium to tell stories and inspire children.

2. Eat slowly and in moderation. In a day and age when nearly a quarter of children are obese or overweight, this is really important. Control portion sizes and you will be able to continue to offer a wide variety of food. Also make sure they eat slowly. This will allow their brain the time to realise they are actually full.

3. A minimum of eight hours sleep. Sleep shall help your child keep to the right weight. Sleep will rest their metabolism and prepare it for burning fat the following day.

4. Give them a choice. Turn the television off but then give your child a choice of activities. This leaves them feeling empowered and more inclined to join in the physical activity because they have actively chosen it.

5. Get dancing. Use your love of music to get your child active. Have lounge discos and they will be getting exercise whilst having loads of fun and bonding with you.

6. Involve their friends. Children are far more likely to be active if they are playing with their friends. Just make sure the games consoles are out of reach.

7. Ditch the car. Walking to and from school is not only great for the environment, it makes sure your child has done some physical activity before they have even truly begun their day. It won’t hurt you either.

8. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. Nobody really likes it when adverts ruin their favourite show. Invent funny names for simple exercises like squat thrusts, press-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. This will really add up over the course of the day.

9. Get charitable. Exercise for exercise sake can be difficult to motivate yourself for never mind your little ones. Yet, it becomes far easier with a focus. Sign up for a charity fun walk. Children have great empathy and they will love being able to help those less fortunate.

10. Get them in the garden. Love it or hate it there is no doubt that gardening is good physical exercise for everyone. Get you kids involved and not only will they be doing something healthy they will also be learning new skills.

ACROSS-THE-UK

 

New Statistics report over half of children are not getting enough exercise!

 

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New Statistics from the BBC reported that half of the UKs young children are not getting enough exercise!

The University of London monitored 6,500 children in order to find out how active children in this country really are and shockingly 51% of children are still not getting the recommend one hour of physical exercise each day.

These statistics suggested that 38% of these were girls compared to 63% for boys.

Here at YogaBugs our aim is to introduce and encourage children from the moment they can start walking to get active through our unique yoga inspired classes.

Its not just about yoga!

We pride ourselves on helping to educate children along with their parents/carers into the importance of living a healthy lifestyle – eating right and getting enough exercise, no matter how old they are. We offer diet and nutritional information to our parents along with classes that can be done together at home click here to view a sample.

Researchers from UCL suggested in their study that it is vital to make sport and other activities more attractive to children, in particular girls.

And thats the beauty of YogaBugs; our classes bring stories to life through specially developed moves inspired by yoga. Combining fun with exercise, children from a young age go on wild adventures where they may roar like a lion, fly like a bird or blast into outer space!

Our unique yoga programmes are suitable for children from walking age – 12 years, encouraging both girls and boys to participate together. Our classes help increase children’s confidence and concentration by encouraging them to be vocal during classes, by expressing their emotions physically and through specially developed yoga-inspired moves that help children to focus.

All children can do YogaBugs to their own ability, they don’t need to be fast, have good hand to eye co-ordination or to be physically fit, all they need is bags full of energy and imagination.

Dr John Middleton Faculty of Public Health said;

“We need our children to grow up to be fit and healthy adults, not just because it’s what any civilised society would want for its children, but it’s also best for our economy too”.

 

Prof Carol Dezateux, one of the lead authors of the research then went on to say;

“There is a big yawning gap between girls and boys. We need to really think about how we are reaching out to girls. Our findings are particularly worrying as seven-year-olds are likely to become less active as they get older, not more, no matter what gender.”

The research then went on to explain in order for children to achieve the one hour a day that is recommended, children need to take part in moderate or vigorous activities, which could include anything from brisk walking and cycling to playing football or rugby and running.

This is where YogaBugs is making a difference!

Our yoga programmes have been developed with the help of yoga professionals and individuals experienced with working with children, to help instil a love of exercise from a young age with a big emphasis on the children having fun in a YogaBugs class, as well as getting them active at the same time.

The UCL research is not the first to suggest that children of this generation are not active enough. Previous studies have relied on self-reporting by children or parents/carers estimating the levels of exercise which is not precise. Whereas this research by UCL involved real-time monitoring of the children as they wore and accelerometer to measure the exercise levels, this was attached to an elastic belt around their waist.

Dr Ann Hoskins, of the Public Health England added;

“This study highlights that there is still much to do to keep children and young adults active as they grow older.”

 

At YogaBugs we couldn’t agree more and as a company we are actively seeking individuals who are passionate about yoga and want to help us get kids active, to join our network of talented franchises.

For information about local classes and franchising opportunities visit our website www.yogabugs.com

For a sample of our classes please click here:

 

Sources from: www.bbc.co.uk/news

Written by: Amy Burge

Kids eating healthy

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Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it incredibly hard to teach a child how they should eat healthy. The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy for us.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you are more than likely not like the results.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child/children to try and hopefully like at least a few of them. Allowing you can be as creative as you like, getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than people think.

Here are some great ideas to make eating healthy fun for your child/children.

  • Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your child to understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always the case. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making
    muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it, or blending vegetables into mash potato.
  • Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat. There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer. Majority of children prefer to eat foods that sound fun.
  • Try to make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery. There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better for children. You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable; even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself, they will think this is fun and will make them want to taste it as they have chosen what to out onto it.
  • Dress the vegetables and fruit up.  Just as much as calling them names help children eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.

For example you could draw a funny face onto a banana skin and call the banana ‘Barry the banana’. Although some parents don’t like their children playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but in order for them to enjoy it also has to be fun as well, this means the parents interacting with them and making it fun.

Getting children to eat healthy isn’t always an easy task, because children usually don’t like foods that are good for them. It can however, be done with a bit of creativity and fun. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.

 

Is My Child Obese?

As I sit down on Sunday evening and watch my daughter dance around the lounge whilst dancing on ice is on the TV, I wonder how the Doctors could’ve said she is border line obese…

I’m Lisa, mum of Kyla, my gorgeous six year old. A few weekends ago I took Kyla for an eye test and what I thought was going to be a routine appointment ended up with her in hospital having a CT scan – she is fine and that’s a story for another time. The reason I share this is because while we were at the hospital the nurses carried out some routine health checks, they measured Kyla’s height and we were told she is below average, not a total shock, as I’m not very tall.

They also weighed her and that is when I was faced with something I wasn’t expecting. “Kyla weighs the same as an average 8 year old” I was told “She is border line obese…” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing… obese, really… my little Kyla? I knew she wasn’t a skinny girl, but she’s active and eats healthily and I would never have thought she was obese. In fact I was more worried about whether she would start to get body conscious at a young age and start talking about dieting – anorexia is becoming more common in young girls and  as someone who has always been a bit body conscious, that was on my mind more than her being obese!

On hearing that Kyla was overweight I started to analyse what we feed her and how much exercise she does do – she goes to gymnastics once a week, swimming once a week, she does PE at school twice a week, cycling at the weekend (weather permitting) and as extras, I put on the YogaBugs DVD or ‘Just Dance’ on the Wii or we get the yoga mat out and do some exercises together.

I am an active person and I make sure she gets her 5 hours of exercise a week.

So how is her diet? On a typical day she has cereal (and not the chocolate or sugary kind!) with fruit in the morning, for lunch she takes in a ham sandwich, a piece of fruit, a yoghurt, and some tomatoes and carrots, in the evening we’ll cook something like fish, potatoes and vegetables or spaghetti bolognaise, she sometimes has a small dessert or just a biscuit with her milk….we don’t go to McDonalds or KFC, we don’t have crisps in the house, we’re don’t eat very much  junk food, but she may have some sweets at the weekends as a treat…  so I have decided to cut that down.

I work full time for YogaBugs, I understand the importance of a healthy diet and exercise, we talk about it all the time, we promote it and yet somehow, whether I think my daughter is overweight or not, I have been faced with the fact she weighs the same as an average 8 year old and I feel like I have let her down.

So what do I think about the statistics? Does ‘average’ take into account genes, body shape, growing up? I look at Kyla and I compare her other children at school, does she look ‘fat’ compared to the other children? I look…and they all look different shapes and sizes and I wonder what ‘average’ is.

Do I think Kyla is border line obese? No, I don’t and I am happy with what she eats how much she exercises, yet I can’t ignore the facts that were presented to me that compared to the ‘average’ 6 year old she is overweight….