Nutrition & Fitness for Older Kids
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.
SHELLY HORTON Researchers have uncovered fresh evidence of a genetic predisposition to eating disorders that is passed from mothers to daughters.
Kate Hagan Efforts to address public health epidemic hamstrung by inadequate and outdated data, experts say.
JUSTINE DAVIES When your kids head off to school each morning, what is in their tummies? Cereal? Toast? Leftover pizza? Nothing? The answer to that question could make a difference to their future academic performance.
Michael Kasumovic Here’s an idea for improving the health of our children: let them play more videogames.
Kirsten Lawson It probably shouldn't surprise at all to discover that athletes are not foodies, which isn't to say they're not food-obsessed, but judging by the Olympians we spoke with, the diet is simple and pretty standard.
Father sheds kilos on daughter's special paediatric diet.
JESSICA IRVINE You are what you eat, they say. If so, Australians are shaped rather like a takeaway container filled with booze and meat, with nary a vegetable in sight.
Dr. Joanna McMillan
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN How do we use nutritional information such as kilojoules to help us make healthier choices for our kids?
ADRIAN LOWE Victorian welfare authorities begin using extreme obesity as a reason to support children being separated from their parents – and experts predict more cases as the population gets fatter.
Amanda Webster One mother's struggle to fight her son's demons as he slipped away into a world of calorie obsession.
Angela Mallon If there is one thing that gets Angela Mallon fired up it is the mixed messages and undermining presence of McDonalds at her children's community sports.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Does your child's hunger seem to know no bounds? Dr Joanna McMillan tells you how you can differentiate between an overactive appetite and true hunger.
Melissa Davey Initial signs of heart disease can be seen in children as young as 12 who have a high intake of sugary drinks, Sydney researchers have found, which could have implications for death rates in the future.
Samantha Currie Top tips for families thinking of ditching the car and taking up cyling to school.
Scott Whiffin A Heart Foundation study has confirmed that an overwhelming majority of Australian children get to their primary and secondary schools in the back of a car. The study says this generation of young Australians are now among the most "chauffeured" and "cosseted" in the world.
Jon King There are many opinions on child's play but award-winning architect Jon King discovers that when kids are given space to imagine and create they thrive.
Jen Rosenberg Gone are the days of scrabbling about for loose change and a spare paper bag for the kids' lunch order.
Rachel Browne KAREN DOUGHTY finds it exhausting playing the ''food nazi''.
Peter Jean A MAJOR review of 14 studies has boosted evidence for the theory that physical activity can help students' academic performance.
Rachel Browne Sleep is as important as diet and exercise in efforts to maintain a healthy weight in childhood.