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CU1513 Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People 4.1 Define the basic nutritional requirements of children and young people to ensure a balanced diet and meet the governments’ guidance It's a good idea to try to get this balance right every day, but you don't need to do it at every meal. And you might find it easier to get the balance right over a longer period, say a week. Try to choose options that are lower in salt when you can. Eating healthily is about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. In England, most adults are either overweight or obese. This means many of us are eating more than we need, and should eat and drink fewer calories in order to lose weight. 4.2 Explain how to establish the different dietary requirements of children and young people. A good diet is particularly important for young children as early food experiences will impact on eating patterns and habits in their adult life. Young children need energy (in the form of calories from food) and nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals to make sure that their bodies work properly and grow. Your child has different nutritional needs to your own and, as their bodies grow and develop, their needs will change. Food and eating can also provide wonderful opportunities for learning, with activities such as cooking, shopping, helping to lay the table and eating out, or learning about different cultures. The Alliance publication Nutritional Guidance for the Under Fives contains further information on providing a healthy and nutritious diet for young children. Why is a healthy diet for young children so important? * It helps to improve their concentration, learning and behaviour. * Promotes proper physical growth and development. * Builds up their strength. * Promotes resistance to
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