20 October 2022

How to support your child if you are concerned about their weight

It can be difficult to watch your child struggling with their weight. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your children – especially when they are stressed. Here are some ways to help support your child if you are worried that their weight may be affecting their health and well-being. If you are concerned about your child’s…, Avoid blame , Young people can gain weight due to several reasons outside of their control or individual behaviour, often with complex causes. Children who struggle with their weight frequently experience bias, stigma and bullying. It’s critical to stay away from blaming your child, and instead try to understand the structural issues at play that encourage…, Approach conversations with no judgment, It is important that your child knows that you are there for them and always available to listen to their worries or concerns, without judgment.   Refrain from using stigmatizing language or making negative comments about people’s bodies – including your own. This can be harmful to your child’s self-esteem and make them feel uncomfortable about…, Have healthy conversations, In a fast-changing digital landscape, it is important to remain aware of threats to the mental health and well-being of your child as it relates to their confidence and body image issues. These can range from social media posts stereotyping weight or encouraging eating disorders, to the constant corporate marketing of unhealthy junk food targeting…, Focus on healthy behaviours, Unless advised by a health professional, focus on “health and a healthy goals” rather than weight loss. Healthy eating and physical activity behaviours do not become routine overnight. It takes time, effort and perseverance from you and your child to make changes that last. Any big, sudden alterations to your child’s diet and lifestyle are…, Enjoy mealtimes together, As often as possible, prepare and have meals together as a family. This is a great time for talking about and practicing making healthy food choices. Give child-sized portions and let your child ask for more food if they’re still hungry. Having set mealtimes and snack times also helps to teach your child that there are set times for eating rather…, Find joy in movement, Encourage outdoor play and being active together as a family. From age 3 years and up, children should be active for at least one hour each day, but this can be broken up into short periods of 15 to 20 minutes. For younger children, try playing chasing games like tag or ball games. For older children, go for family walks or try taking up a new…, Wellness, not weight, Avoid making weight the only focus in this process by paying greater attention to the family-wide benefits of healthy eating and active behaviours. These are the ingredients needed to support your child’s growth and development into adulthood, as well as boosting their immunity and emotional well-being. In fact, making the right changes at the…
07 July 2022

3 fun ways to practice problem solving

Opportunities for learning are around every corner – even in your own home. Playing together is a great way to discover new things and build key skills. Our friends at the LEGO Foundation launched PLAYLIST – a collection of fun learning activities for families – and we're delighted to share a few with you. Give them a try with your little one to…, Book roads, Build a road through your house...with books! This fun activity will develop motor, creative and problem-solving skills. You will need: As many books as you can find. A toy car, or maybe a ball. Why not build a car using LEGO bricks? 1. Start putting paperbacks on the floor to build a road through your house. 2. Hardback books are great for things…, The wind, Explore and paint using wind power. This wind power game is a great activity for understanding movement and space through sensory skills. You will need: LEGO bricks, dried leaves, pieces of card and paper, tubes (or straws) of different sizes, paint and stones or other small objects. 1. First, let's think and talk about the wind before using its…, Paper planes, Can you build a plane that flies? Try this fun paper plane game which helps you learn how to solve problems by testing ideas, practice concentrating and get better at handling frustrations. You can make the paper plane game even trickier by adding weights to your plane. You will need: Paper of different sizes, colors and thicknesses, scissors,…
27 June 2022

What we know about monkeypox: symptoms and transmission

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection caused by a virus belonging to the family Poxviridae. These viruses are transmitted directly or indirectly from animals to humans and, since they are highly resistant in dry environments or at high temperatures, they persist on infected surfaces for a longer period of time. However, despite the resistance of the…, What are the symptoms?, Monkeypox is characterised by mild symptoms and most infected patients recover within a few weeks, with no treatment required. Research has shown that monkeypox generally has an incubation period of 6 to 13 days and the symptoms developed may include: vesicular rash, which can cause pruritus (itching) or lesions on any part of the body (including…, What to do if you get sick?, If someone suspects that they have been infected with the virus and has specific symptoms, they should contact their doctor and provide recent travel information and their vaccination history. It is advisable for people travelling to endemic countries to avoid contact with sick animals and consuming wild game., How is monkeypox transmitted?, Monkeypox is transmitted through prolonged direct contact with someone who has been infected with the virus or through prolonged contact with contaminated objects. The virus can enter the body through skin lesions, the respiratory tract, eyes, nose or mouth as well as through close contact with body fluids. Monkeypox can also be transmitted from…, How can you protect yourself?, You need to perform proper hand hygiene, using water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub. It is advisable for those infected to be isolated and people who come into contact with them should use appropriate protective measures, such as masks and gloves. A vaccine for preventing monkeypox has already been approved, but studies have shown that the…, Emergence of monkeypox, Monkeypox was first detected in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where most human cases of monkeypox have been reported so far. It later spread to other countries in West and Central Africa, but Europe has not become an endemic area. In the past few weeks, a number of monkeypox cases have been reported in several Member…