Bengaluru, 13th July 2020: When one thinks of kids, you imagine little feet running around, laughter, playfulness and joy, however, during these uncertain times, the lifestyle of our little ones has changed. New routines include increased screen time, frequent snacking and limited to no time outdoors. All these factors not only affects their energy levels, but also their growth and development. With parents trying to balance work and home, it has become increasingly important for them to focus to keeping kids healthy and happy while ensuring their little one does not miss vital nutrients in their crucial growing years.
Globally, at least 1 in 2 children under 5 suffers from hidden hunger due to deficiencies in vitamins and other essential nutrients according to a 2019 report by UNICEF. This is why the quality of food consumed by kids needs to meet their nutrient requirements, as food deficient in micronutrients could limit their growth and development. Micronutrients constitute of vitamins, protein and calcium. While vitamins contain powerful antioxidants that remove impurities and act as immune system boosters, protein is essential for boosting energy levels in the body by managing normal cell structure and function, and calcium is vital for developing and strengthening bone mass. These building blocks are found in foods like dairy, green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts and pulses and keeping in mind that kids are fussy eaters, it is important to incorporate them in ways they will enjoy.
Commenting on this, Dietician and Pediatric Nutritionist, Ranjani Raman said, “Lockdown is a tough experience for all children and therefore it becomes essential to ensure that they are well-fed, active and well-rested. Kids need a balanced diet to keep their young minds and bodies healthy and strong. It is important, thus, to ensure your kids meet the Required Dietary Allowance (RDA) to support their overall growth and development. While dairy is a rich source of nutrients, kids are fussy when it comes to milk. Go in for a nutrient-rich, tasty dairy serve, enriched with fruits that will not only delight your child but also take away your worry of ensuring their daily dose of nutritional needs are met. Nutrition balanced with an active routine will not only boost metabolism but also ensure a healthy gut, mind, and body.”
Health is incomplete without an active lifestyle and here is where quality time with kids is important for their holistic wellbeing. Kids miss friends, school and their extra-curricular sessions, which added flavor and joy to their day. Keeping in mind the change in their routine, engage them with a mix of fun and learning through exercise, storytelling, home activities, and meditation to ensure they stay happy, full of life and be the kids they should be.
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