Unit 6 Essay

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Unit 6 - Promoting a healthy environment for children For this unit, I need to collate a portfolio of research into certain topics. The topics are: * The role of the practitioner in working towards a healthy lifestyle and environment for children * The legislation which supports the right of children to a healthy lifestyle * Factors which may affect children's health and well-being at differing times in their lives * How these factors may affect children's health * The routines and activities for children which promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle * Planning and implementing routines which promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle E.1 One aspect which the practitioner helps to promote in the setting is a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle simply means that the way you are day to day, which makes you feel physically and mentally fit and well. There are a few aspects which link to a healthy lifestyle. One is having a balanced diet. A balanced diet means eating the right amount of foods from the five main food groups (Appendix 1.1). These include: * Fruit and vegetables * Bread, cereals and potatoes * Milk and dairy products * Fats and sugars * Meat, fish and alternatives (Appendix 2.1) By making sure that the child has the right amount of foods it is essential for their growth and well-being because if they were having too much fat and sugars in their diet for an example, there could be an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes later on in life. Obesity is the state of being seriously overweight (Appendix 3.1). It is caused by two simple factors which are: * An unhealthy diet * Not doing enough exercise to burn off calories consumed (Appendix 3.2) With obesity there are many problems. These can include: * Problems with the joints and bones * Heart failure * Gall bladder disease * Polycystic ovary syndrome * High blood pressure * Diabetes (Appendix 3.3) To

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