Healthy Eating

   

Healthy Eating, Healthy Kids

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Healthy eating is a habit. Like all habits it takes some time and effort to develop, but once developed it can last a lifetime. The best thing we can do for our children is to set up an environment (at home, at school or anywhere) in which they can develop healthy eating habits.


Healthy eating means eating a wide variety of nutritious foods from all of the food groups. These foods contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Eating a wide variety of foods from all food groups will help your children grow.


Whether you have a toddler or a teen, here are five of the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits:

  • Have regular family meals
  • Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks
  • Be a role model by eating healthy yourself.
  • Avoid battles over food
  • Involve kids in the process

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Source: Get Set For Life: healthy Habits for Kids, CSIRO 2008

 


Mealtime frustrations

Many parents find dinner time stressful. To lighten the mood:

  • Aim to serve the same meal for the whole family
  • Eat together at the table as often as possible. Children's bed times may mean eating dinner early
  • Remove distraction like TVs and toys
  • Avoid talking about what and how much your child is eating. Try these topics instead
    -  Everyone tell something about their day
    -  Share something funny you saw today

Handy resources and links

CSIRO Wellbeing Plan for Kids
This book provides practical, easy to understand information on nutrition and activity that is relevant to Australian parents and children from toddlers to teenagers.

 

Healthy Kids Factsheets
Healthy Kids have released a series of factsheets to promote healthy eating for children:

- Choosing healthy drinks for kids
- Choosing the right snack for your children
- Kids and Fruit & Vegetables

 

Fresh for Kids
Lots of games, jokes, recipes and activities to help kids eat healthy fresh fruit and vegetables.