‘As a nanny I always feed the children I look after healthy food but there are a lot of kids out there who are eating unhealthy convenience food. Some children don’t even know where their vegetables come from.’
Louise Edmondson and Emily Reynolds are concerned that not enough children know how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Their story was broadcast on ITV News London on Friday, August 5, and ITV News Meridian (E) on Thursday, August 11.
The pair gave a presentation about healthy eating to children in a primary school in Dartford, Kent, before taking them to an allotment to show how vegetables are grown.
Emily, 25, says: ‘A lot of children don’t have any experience seeing where their food comes from.
‘I grew up on my mum and dad’s allotment, so every day we were down there and getting involved.
‘As a child, eating vegetables came naturally to me because I had helped plant the seed, watched it grow, and picked it myself.
‘My parents didn’t have to bribe me with a treat to get me to eat my broccoli.’
Emily doesn’t want children to get into bad habits growing up.
She says: 'If as a young child you’re eating a lot of fat and convenience foods, it’s quite hard to shift from that kind of lifestyle.’
With Fixers, Emily and Louise, 26, have helped to create a booklet which will help youngsters learn more about the fruit and vegetables that grown locally as well as explaining why it is important to eat a balanced diet.
Click below to see the resource.
Emily says: 'We just want to nip it in the bud, teach really young children and bring it back to nature.'
Sharon Phillips, from the Healthy Living Centre in Dartford, supports the initiative.
She says: ‘It’s really important to educate young people about where their food comes from and to try and
encourage an increase in eating more fruit and vegetables.
‘There are still some families where children don’t get to see a vegetable within their weekly diet.’
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