Monday, 20th August 2018
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The Healthy Food for Life resources define the Irish Government recommendations on healthy eating and balanced diets. Research shows that excess consumption of foods with high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar, in addition to low levels of vegetables and fruit intake, can an important role in increasing our development of chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

95% of people say that it is important for their children to have a balanced healthy diet (63% very important; 32% important). This is the highest for the oldest age cohort, 55+ (72% of people say very important).

The top 3 reasons chosen for contributing to healthy eating are daily use of home-cooked meals from scratch with fresh natural ingredients (73%), involving children in healthy food cooking at home/school/etc. (71%), and constantly reminding and educating the child on the huge risks associated with unhealthy eating (49%).

68% of people said that they have made efforts to improve their cooking skills for the sake on their children's better food intake (57% of males vs. 74% of females).

74% of people believe that involving children in healthy cooking at home would have a big impact on their future adoption of healthy eating habits.


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