Health campaign gives tots lots of food for thought

Monkseaton Tumble Tots holding their annual 'Eat Fit Keep Fit' with the theme 'Together We Cook.  Pictured is Hannah Sprouson (left) and Imogen McClelland.

Monkseaton Tumble Tots holding their annual 'Eat Fit Keep Fit' with the theme 'Together We Cook. Pictured is Hannah Sprouson (left) and Imogen McClelland.

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TODDLERS have been getting their teeth into an initiative highlighting healthy eating.

Children attending the Tumble Tots group in Monkseaton took part in a week-long healthy eating campaign.

As part of the event, parents and youngsters were shown how they can have fun preparing and cooking healthy food together.

The campaign, now in its seventh year, is being backed by children’s food author Annabel Karmel and Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell.

Annabel said: “My kids loved cooking from an early age, and I used to get them to cook the family meal, with a little help.

“The delight and pride that they showed preparing the meal gave me a huge feelgood factor, and they had fun learning one of the most important skills in life.

“Their attention spans are quite short, though, so I have helped Tumble Tots produce a wonderful recipe booklet that little ones can join in with.”

Sally added: “Doing things together with your children is always positive.

“Involving them in preparing and cooking a meal is such a great way to help improve their diet and enjoyment of food.”

Booklets containing healthy recipes and a couple of dessert treats are now available at the Monkseaton Tumble Tots group at Cross Keys Hall in Woodleigh Road.

Group manager Louise Sprowson said: “Our campaign continues to reinforce the importance of combining physical exercise with a healthy diet, and we’re also encouraging greater parent and child bonding.”

Parents are being invited to submit their own recipes for a competition to be judged by Annabel Karmel. Winning entries will be posted online.

Entries should be sent to competition@tumbletots.com by Friday, April 29.