25 May 2022

How to raise a healthy eater

Good food and nutrition are the foundation of children’s health and bring benefits that can last a lifetime. Teaching your child about healthy eating from a young age will help them to have a positive relationship with food well into adulthood. And believe it or not, shaping these habits can be fun and healthy – not just for your child, but your…, 1. Promote positive habits, Your little ones watch everything you do – including at mealtime. You can be a good role model by reaching for healthy foods, beverages and snacks yourself, and engaging in fun physical activity. Choosing to put healthy, whole foods on the table sets a great example for your child. Try including your children in food shopping and preparation. They…, 2. Maintain a healthy relationship with food, Having a healthy mindset around eating is key for lifelong health and protecting against illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. You can help guide your young child by: Helping them understand whether they are physically hungry. This will help them to become in tune with their body’s needs. Staying away from using food as a reward or…, 3. Let go of “clean your plate!”, Although you might think this could help your child get the nutrients needed from food, these behaviours can lead to disliking foods and having negative associations with mealtime. If you can’t get your child to eat their veggies, try to have them see you eating and enjoying them yourself. Your little one learns about food choices from you, so try…, 4. Make portion control a priority, Oversized portions can lead to weight gain, so it is important to teach your children about how much food they should have on their plate. An easy way to teach your child about child-portion sizes is to use visuals for example: A closed fist is recommended for a portion of pasta, rice or cereal. A meat portion should be about as big as their palm…, 5. Start the day with a healthy breakfast, Mornings can be a rush for many families, but starting the day with a balanced meal helps your child get the important nutrients – such as calcium and fibre – needed for their growth and development. Try to create breakfasts with nutrient-dense ingredients like plain yoghurt and fresh fruit instead of sweetened cereals or pastries, which tend to…, 6. Make activity fun, Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Why not join in the fun? Try to plan family activities that get everyone moving such as after-dinner walks or swimming. And be spontaneous when you see an opportunity, like dancing together when a favourite song comes on the radio. It is also important to encourage your child to limit…, Did you find this content useful?, Loading...
24 July 2020

Carçı Newsletter #9/2020

For most people in Azerbaijan, the last few months have been unsettling and challenging, as families adjusted to a new way of life in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic. While staff at UNICEF Azerbaijan have been working from home since mid-March, our work for children and parents has not stopped. In public information, education, health and…, Inside this issue:, Education  Child Protection and Child Rights Monitoring Health and Nutrition  Youth and Adolescent Development  Cross-sectoral , Education, Strengthening capacities and practices for e-learning in the education system., Within UNICEF’s Inclusive Education initiative, funded by the European Union, a joint project with the Ministry of Education enhanced the knowledge and skills of 6,000 primary school teachers in inclusive classes in seven pilot districts across the country. The goals is to reach 10,000 primary school teachers by the end of August 2020, and the…, A project  to support early education in Azerbaijan during pandemic, UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Institute of Education, has started a project to further strengthen capacities and practices for e-learning in the education system. This involves a review and analysis of the Ministry’s policies and actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, development of accessible and age-…, New educational television programmes to support distant learning for preschool children, UNICEF is also working with the Ministry of Education and the Institute of Education to produce 24 educational television programmes for preschool children on two national channels. The programmes enable  pre-school age children to continue their early education and development at home and are accessible for children and families all over the…, Child Protection, Volunteers with the packages for vulnerable families, Support to vulnerable families during pandemic, Together with the Ministry  of Labour  and  Social  Protection  of  the Population  and the ASAN Volunteers  organization, with the financial support of the European Union, UNICEF has provided material support to children previously without parental care who were returned to their homes from residential institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…, Social services initiative for distribution of risk communication materials, UNICEF’s existing integrated social services initiative in Agjabedy, Shirvan and Ganja has become a key channel for risk communication information to more than 1,700 people including children, parents in vulnerable families and care workers. Vital information such as good hygiene practices, psychological support and early childhood development…, Research to shed a light on impacts of the pandemic, UNICEF Azerbaijan is working with two research companies to generate weekly data on public awareness, perceptions and behaviours in relation to COVID-19.  The results have helped identify preferred and trusted channels of communication, as well as providing initial insights to some of the impacts of the outbreak on health, mental health, nutrition…, Health and Nutrition, Partners joined forces to support families on child development, Together with the Public Health Reform Centre, UNICEF launched a short campaign to support parents during  quarantine by sharing key messages concerning child development through social networks, webpages, local markets and health facilities between April and June. Several live sessions were held on social media platforms, and parents were…, A new project to strengthen capacities of district-level facilities, With a grant from USAID, UNICEF is also leading a new health sector programme to strengthen capacities in district-level facilities to prepare for future outbreaks of COVID-19. Using specialist training teams, frontline health workers will receive skills development support in areas including COVID-19 awareness, Infection Prevention and Control,…, Youth and Adolescent Development, “I am satisfied with the online trainings and I think this initiative is heartwarming and motivating.” - Leman Asgarli, participant of online Basic Life Skills course A screenshot of online Basic Life Skills course UNICEF Azerbaijan, Young people continue skills improvement through online platforms, Due to constraints on the operations of the national network of Youth Houses, services normally offered to young people in the facilities were transferred to ae virtual environment. The UNICEF-supported Basic Life Skills courses continued as a series of interactive webinars (“BLS Remote”) following the same structure as the traditional  face-to-…, A new public information campaign to support young people during pandemic, UNICEF joined forces with the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation to share useful information with young people on everyday activities, preventive measures and psychological coping during the pandemic. Celebrities and influencers also supported the initiative by encouraging young people to be responsible and follow the quarantine measures. Several videos…, Cross-sectoral, Regional Development Public Union (RDPU) volunteer distributing risk communication materials in one of the regions Regional İnkişaf İctimai Birliyi (RİİB), Volunteers support distribution of risk communication materials among vulnerable population , Also with the support of USAID, UNICEF developed a number of printed risk communication materials which were distributed with the support of volunteers from the Regional Development Public Union (RDPU) among vulnerable families in the districts of Azerbaijan. Eight different sets of information materials were prepared to support families and…, #LearningAtHome campaign launched to support parents with home-based activity ideas, UNICEF launched the #LearningAtHome campaign on its social media channels in April when the a rigourous quarantine regime was introduced across the country. The campaign has been supporting parents staying at home with their children through sharing a series of game ideas that can be easily replicated at home. The campaign caught the attention of…, Some of the activities from our #LearningAtHome campaign:, First activity of the Learning at Home campaign "My story book" announcement. Activity two for Learning at home challenge -Spider web Activity three for Learning at home challenge-Treasure Hunt, Many supported our campaign with their activity ideas:, Visual for the launch of the campaign UNICEF Azerbaijan, "Let`s overcome this together" campaign launched to support public information efforts, With financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNICEF launched a risk communication campaign “Let`s overcome it together” ( Birlikdə üstün gələk ) on its social media platforms. The materials produced within the campaign included animations, videos, digital applications and graphic illustrations and…, Myth-busters:, An image with garlic stating "Coronavirus is not a vampire; you can fight it with washing hands" An image with a person watering the streets and another person with a special equipment disinfecting the sidewalk. Two girls talking on the phone, one telling her friend about relying to reliable sources. A visual busting the myth regarding 5G stating…, Educational videos for children explaining COVID-19 to children:, UNICEF Azerbaijan UNICEF Azerbaijan, Check all of our content on COVID-19 dedicated page . ,     Facebook icon UNICEF Follow us on Facebook  An instagram icon UNICEF Follow us on Instagram