Parents need more education on children's nutrition

British parents are unsure of what a healthy diet and lifestyle means for their children, according to new research.

Most are confident that their children are already receiving good nutrition, but 30 percent said their children did not have enough variety in their diet. 29 percent admitted that their children are not active enough and more than one in ten (11 percent) believe that they are eating. Children are not getting enough dairy products.

The parents’ lack of understanding was revealed by new knowledge from the dairy cooperative Arla.

More than eight in ten respondents said they didn’t know how much calcium their children need. Research found that they have no understanding of nutrition.

Only 22 percent said that their children had regularly achieved the recommended dietary supplements, while 40 percent ten in four admit that their children did not meet their five-day goal.

“There is a lot of information out there and it can be difficult for parents to know what to trust, but I share the belief that if we start raising children while they are young, we will help them raise children best possible choice when they grow up, ”said nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert.

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An Arla farmer, Jonny Burridge and his cow Jelly, along with registered nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, have a mission to help parents and children understand more.

The second book – Jonny and Jelly Go from Strength to Strength – brings out their first book last year about sharing sustainable farming experiences with families. It focuses on nutrition and raising the whole family on a balanced diet.

“What an honor for Jelly and I to be part of a second book, this time to help children and their families understand nutrition,” said Burridge.

“Jelly is, of course, the star of the show and has helped children immerse themselves in agriculture and the wonderful outdoors for their entire lives.

“She’s actually met over 50,000 children in her life and made numerous visits to local schools, shows and events. Personally, I consider milk one of nature’s nectars, but of course I’m biased.

More than eight in ten respondents said they didn't know how much calcium their children need. Research found that they have no understanding of nutrition

“But I know dairy products can play a really important role in a healthy and balanced diet, and I really hope this book will help more children learn more about it.”

Arla’s Danny Micklethwaite added, “Of the parents we surveyed, one in ten (11 percent) said they didn’t know where to find information about optimal nutrition for children and they didn’t trust specific sources to educate them We believe we have a responsibility to make change, we own over 2,300 farmers – all as passionate as Jonny about helping children gain a good understanding of how their food is doing they get and what they contain to help them strengthen their bodies. “

To learn more or to download the book, visit www.arlafoods.co.uk/forward-thinking-dairy/jonny-and-jelly-go-from-strength-to-strength/. Or listen to Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7HN1EIOxbGZqQGFVFX7aQm

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