Explain what is meant by healthy eating.

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Learning outcome: Understand the impact of food and nutrition on children’s health and development.
Assessment criteria: Explain what is meant by healthy eating.


Healthy eating is all about consuming the right kinds of foods in the right quantities. It means eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, and healthy fats. Healthy eating also involves limiting processed and sugary foods.

Hydration is essential for good health. Drinking plenty of water and other fluids helps the body function properly. It keeps skin looking healthy, prevents constipation, and regulates body temperature. Hydration also helps us think more clearly and makes it easier to exercise.


By following a healthy eating plan, you can lower your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. You can also maintain a healthy weight, have more energy, and improve your overall health. For children, healthy eating also helps with proper growth and development.

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