Nutrition & Fitness for Older Kids
RACHEL CLUN 9:00am This eight-year-old from Idaho pushed and pulled his disabled little brother Lucas through each stage of a kiddie triathlon so he wouldn't miss out.
Stacey Gladman Few topics have created as much interest and dissent among mothers across the country than that of children taking up pole dancing – or more commonly referred to as pole fitness. But is the concern warranted?
Michael Alison Chandler Personal fitness plans, target heart-rate zones, and sports that play to different strengths are all part of the new approach to fitness education in US schools delivering promising results.
LETITIA ROWLANDS The popularity of UFC fighting is booming around the world. But should kids be allowed to take to the cage like their idols?
Australian singer-songwriter Sia has recreated her song Chandelier's lauded videoclip for US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
John Bingham It is something generations of schoolkids have long suspected: eating your greens might be good for you, but it doesn't make you happy.
KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS Do you know what scoopers, AFL noodles, Ultimilk and Nana's Special Meat are? You would if you were in Kerri Sackville's family.
Cassy Small There is a culture of 'shaking off' hard knocks on the sporting field but the price of doing so can be higher for our kids than we realise.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Children with a television in their bedroom are more likely to struggle with weight problems regardless of how many hours a day they spend watching it, researchers say.
Annabel Smith First it was mozzarella, then hot dogs, now burger patties are the latest fast food to be stuffed inside a pizza crust.
Lindsay Crouse The focused school track runner crosses the finish line of her 1600-metre race, her legs wobble like rubber and she collapses into her waiting coach’s arms. This happens after every race.
Emily Haynes Ban soft drink at junior sporting events and the chances are parents will buy sugary drinks elsewhere.
BROOKE LUMSDEN Children who are bullied during physical education classes are likely to be set up for a lifetime of avoiding sport, according to a new study.
While the teenager is lamenting the errors in her performance, her colleagues are hailing her as 'a young genius' with 'iron in her bones'.
LAKSHMI SINGH You don’t have to invest in gym equipment for the house to indulge in a late night session or join a 24 hour fitness club to find time to exercise yourselves. Instead, why not take part in your child’s organised sport or join in on their unstructured play time?
Experimental trial using small amounts of peanut flour helps 80 per cent of children safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.
Zohra Aly How do you prepare your child for the possibility of failure without quashing their dreams?
Paula Goodyer Myths about nutrition are nothing new but thanks to the internet, misinformation about food can spread like a virus as half truths are rapidly twisted into ‘facts’.
DeNeen L. Brown Jake Schellenschlager is a powerlifting sensation, but doctors warn that such feats can hurt growing bodies.
ANDREW DADDO Rudeness seems to come in spades at this time of year, as Andrew Daddo discovered when he was trying to enjoy his daughter's end of year dance concert - but why do we silently allow our agitation to grow instead of politely asking people to stop?
Sarah Whyte Healthy eating in Australia has a new enemy: home-delivered McDonald's.
Nova Weetman In an effort to keep her mother's memory alive, Nova Weetman found herself signing up for a role she felt completely unprepared for.
Belinda Williams If you're not going to give all kids a fair go, get out of the coaching game, writes Belinda Williams.
Nicole Thomson Pride We often hear that exercise has tremendous benefits for children, but has anyone ever explained to you the reasons why?
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN We all know eating breakfast is important but by the time children reach high school 1 in 5 of them skip it. Here's how you can help them start the day right.
KRISTY KOMADINA Enjoy a family breakfast with one of these delicious recipes.
Kristy Komadina Muffins, pecan pie, chocolate balls, homemade granola and cookies - cooking with wholegrains doesn't have to be boring.
Julia Teen Everyone is guilty of mindless snacking. At the movies, you munch on popcorn. After dinner, out comes the ice cream. But how much of your behaviour is passed onto your kids and what can you do to strengthen their willpower muscle?
Michael Jarosky McDonald's is an easy target but at some point we need to take responsibility for our own choices.
Sarah Whyte One in three teenagers may be consuming the equivalent of 10 instant coffees a day in energy drinks that can cause insomnia, anxiety and heart problems, a leading sleep expert says.
Sarah Macdonald It's finals season and there’s plenty of bad behaviour from over enthusiastic parents.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN As a parent it can be incredibly hard to get our kids eating healthy foods but a new study from Stanford University caught Dr Joanna's attention.
Eating Disorders Victoria Your children will inevitably face body image pressure as they grow into adolescence but here are the things you can do today to protect them against developing an unhealthy body image later in life.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Does dinner time often turn into a fight to get your kids to finish their meal? Dr Joanna McMillan tells you how to turn it around.
ANDREW DADDO Do your children's footy umpires need 'protection' from the parents? Andrew Daddo visited his family footy heartland in Melbourne recently and he was disturbed by what he discovered.
Staff writers Most Australians don’t eat enough fibre and that includes our children, but it’s not too late to turn it around by following these simple steps.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Most parents know that too much added sugar in their child’s diet is not good for them but are we overlooking another type of food that is just as harmful for our kids?
The Conversation Research finds parents of children with life-threatening allergies are ignoring warning labels on food packaging.
CHRISTINE SAMS Is rugby league an overly violent sport? Parents seem to think so, sending their kids to soccer lessons instead.
Paula Goodyer There are good reasons why kids and grown ups should run around outdoors.
LAKSHMI SINGH Your children may be full of energy (even too much at times) but how do you sustain their energy levels through the food they eat?
Jessica Rowe Jessica Rowe on why being skinny shouldn't give other people a free pass to openly judge you on your body shape and what she is teaching her own girls about developing a healthy body image.
Amy McNeilage Weight restrictions could soon be introduced in the state's schoolboy rugby competitions after the tragic death of 15-year-old Jake Kedzlie - grandson of rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis - put the spotlight back on the risk of serious head injuries in contact sports.
Livia Gamble Henry Roberts was a preschooler when he caught his first fish, now an enthusiastic 11-year-old, with his own fishing blog, he is doing his best to reel in other kids his age to the sport he loves.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Parents face an enormous array of choice in the supermarket milk department. If you are feeling confused I don’t blame you!
KRISTY KOMADINA Ever considered making your own stock and then immediately thrown the idea on the too hard pile? Kristy Komadina is convinced that the health benefits of a homemade stock far outweigh the effort required.
Staff writers Ensuring children eat a balanced and healthy diet is not easy in our age of fast food, confusing advertising messages, and sedentary lifestyles but here are some tips to help you make better choices.
AMY CORDEROY Children's fast food meals vastly exceed the amount of energy, salt, sugar and saturated fat children should eat in one meal, according to a damning report from the Cancer Council NSW.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Making healthy choices for your kids from the school canteen can be confusing. Dr Joanna McMillan offers her advice on how to navigate your way through the choices on offer.
Vince Chadwick Sixteen teaspoons of sugar from one 600-millilitre bottle of soft drink consumed once a day for a year comes to 23 kilograms.
Fruit smoothies, frappes and frozen yoghurt drinks marketed as healthy beverages contain more kilojoules than an actual meal, with some having the equivalent of up to 31 teaspoons of sugar.
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Staff writers We live in a sunburnt country but when it comes to protecting ourselves from the harsh Australian sun, we are notoriously bad. Here are the facts you need to know on how to make a sunwise choice this summer.
KATIE CARLIN Michael Clarke picked up his first bat at the tender age of six and ‘Pup’ has been in love with the great game of cricket ever since. He talks to Essential Kids about his road to the top, his plans for the future and why he thinks cricket is a great sport for every Aussie kid to play.
Tim Barlass Allowing children to have a television in their bedroom almost triples the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, a conference on sedentary behaviour in Sydney will hear this week.
Michelle Henderson Soft drinks, chocolate and cereals are pushing Aussie kids over recommended daily added sugar intakes, a preliminary study suggests.
Agencies Mobile phones and computers may have overtaken television as the root of all evil for teenagers' poor wellbeing, an Australian study shows.
Staff writers with agencies Gwyneth Paltrow is excited to enter the next phase of her life and is more determined than ever to teach her children the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Livia Gamble Due to an increase in technology use it’s not surprising to learn that statistics reveal children are less active than ever before but we have rounded up some ideas to help get kids active.
Livia Gamble Consuming the recommended two and five serves of fruit and vegetables a day may seem easier said than done - but, it doesn’t have to be. The Heart Foundation mums have joined together to come up with a few tips and tricks to help ensure your kids are getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need.