Just before Christmas, I participated in the START campaign from @safefood_eu #makeastart much to the amusement of my wife. You see I’m not a typical ‘healthy person’, I don’t have an Instagram account devoted strictly to avocados or squats (I’m more of a ‘dad jokes’, puns and ‘laughing at my children’s conversations’ kinda guy.
So, what is the START campaign for this who haven’t been ‘paying attention in class’?
Well, it’s an initiative by the HSE, SafeFood and Healthy Ireland to instil healthier choices in Irish families. They’ve been sharing wonderful tips and tricks to use in your less than ‘picture perfect’ family life (you know what I mean, actual ‘real life’ families, not ‘online, you only see the best bits’ kind of families). There’s even a Facebook group to join, you can find it here.
So why did they choose me (of all people)?
Well, apparently .. I’m normal.
“Can I have that in writing?”
— Daddy Poppins, upon hearing this
What did it entail?
It meant I had to think more about my family’s health; from visits to the playground (instead of sitting in front of the TV) to cutting out sugary breakfasts (and making sure to eat breakfast in the first place).
Check out what we got up to…
Did you hear about the new #healthy #family initiative called START? #makeastart from @safefood_eu if you haven't then pop over to #daddypoppins website to find out more. #dadblogger #humour #instafamuk #ukdadbloggers #ipbig #igdadteam #healthyfood #healthylifestyle http://www.daddypoppins.com/daddy-blog/start-parenting-is-tough-you-are-tougher-sponsored-post #spon #ad
How many fruit portions do your kids get a day? Could they be getting more? Do you offer them #fruit in place of sugary treats? I'm getting involved in the START campaign from @safefood_eu and today's #dailywin was getting my kids to eat an additional piece of fruit as a #healthysnack. Visit www.makeastart.ie to find out more about START. #makeastart #ad #spon
Did you know that 1 in 4 kids in #Ireland are #overweight or #obese? Since beginning the START campaign from @safefood_eu this has been fresh in my mind. So we did everything we could to make sure we got out of the house today!! You have to grab each 'clear skies' #opportunity with both hands. Check out how we got on in the #park over on #instastories and visit www.makeastart.ie to find out more about the campaign. #exercise #kidfun #makeastart #ad #spon #healthylife #health
Does #screentime seem to have this effect on your #kids? Or is it just me? Honestly, too much #tablet or #TV and my kids turn into little monsters. It can't be good for their #health!! I've found that scheduling 'screentime' is the best way forward but as a #parent it's not always possible. What tips do you have to reduce your kids screen time? Why not pop over and share them on the new 'make a start' Facebook group. https://m.facebook.com/groups/2037578269806437 #makeastart #ad #spon @safefood_eu
Not only are my #kids #healthier since beginning the START campaign from @safefood_eu #makeastart but I’ve taken on a #healthierlifestyle too. I’m leading by example. No more skipped #breakfast for me. Plus all sugary breakfasts aren’t in our cupboard anymore!! What are you doing to make your kids healthier? Check out the Facebook community at https://m.facebook.com/groups/2037578269806437 to discuss tips and tricks with other parents #ad #spon
I'm guessing your #kids love #screentime as much as mine and it's a nightmare to try get them off them without an #argument (I find their whole demeanour changes after too long on a tablet or PlayStation). Since we've begun to #makeastart with the START campaign from @safefood_eu we've agreed set times for screen time and have stuck to them (for the most part 😱). In its place we've broken out the #boardgames and it's been loads of fun (except constantly getting beaten by a 7 year old that is 🤣). It's made the transition to #bedtime easier too!! What are you doing to help ease your kids off their tablets and screens? Find some useful tips and tricks at www.makeastart.ie #ad #spon
Most of all what I learned was that while it’s good to make healthy plans, if you have kids then life will throw a spanner in the works (from bad weather to the winter vomiting bug) and when this happens (and it will) all you can do is make the best choices available to you. Aim to pick the healthier option every time. As a parent, this may mean just picking the ‘least unhealthy option’ at times but all these little choices add up.
Celebrate your daily health wins, don’t get caught up in your loses.
Your kids are little sponges, they absorb everything you say and do and it becomes their life’s compass. So set your compass to healthy and set them on the right track.
Have you taken part in START? What did you learn? If you haven’t begun then pop over to www.makeastart.ie to find out more (I’d ‘heartedly’ recommend it).