Nutrition & Fitness for Older Kids
James Rudd 12:36pm Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international peers.
Callan Boys Potato, Oil and salt are all you need to make a French fry, right?
Catherine Rodie “I have a kid, a six pack and no excuse.” It was this caption that thrust British fitness competitor Amy Pell into the limelight when she posted a photo of herself and her daughter on Instagram.
Ada Lee Five adults tell how being a "former fat kid" still haunts them today.
Audrey D. Brashich Why this mum has become a 'Snacktivist'. Will you be joining her?
Livia Gamble Olympic champion Libby Trickett has teamed up with bicycle manufacturer Merida, to create a video sharing her tops tips for parents teaching their kids how to ride a bike.
Leah Hyslop CEO of McDonald's reveals that it once developed a recipe for bubblegum-flavoured broccoli, to encourage healthy eating
Tim Chester Like doughnuts? And burgers? How about the two together, stacked with bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce? Then Hungry Horse's Double Donut burger may appeal.
Dr. Joanna McMillan They may be able to prove that their burgers are free of pink slime, eyeballs, and worms but Dr. Joanna McMillan says we should still steer clear of fast food and offers these healthy alternatives.
Claire Drummond Do you struggle to get your child to eat breakfast? Here is why it is even more important than first thought.
Anna Maxted Tired of having her best culinary efforts dismissed by her three sons, Anna Maxted decides to take a week off and let the boys loose in the kitchen
Livia Gamble It’s elastic and hard to see, for people with coeliac disease, gluten triggers unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms.
Catherine Rodie A warning sign highlighting how far you would have to walk to burn off the calories in a soft drink dramatically deterred teens from purchasing the sugar-laden beverage.
Catherine Rodie Team sports play an even greater significance in our children’s wellbeing than first thought but what do parents do when their child wants to drop out?
Tim Olds Australia tops the world for physical activity-friendly built environments but ranks second last for levels of children’s activity.
Heather Vogt The principal of the South Australian high school that unintentionally arranged a training session with the infamous 'lingerie league' for their female students tells their side of the story.
Kathy Sundstrom The age-old practice of doing a handstand or a cartwheel is now considered too dangerous for children without supervision at a Sunshine Coast state school.
Karen Hardy Are the dysfunctional families on America’s 'Toddlers and Tiaras' more similar to Aussie parents on the sporting field sidelines than we’d care to admit?
Jane Holroyd McDonald’s home delivery service is being expanded across Australia following the apparent success of the first trial in Sydney’s North Parramatta, and nutritionists and health experts have reacted with alarm at the news.
Rachel Clun 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?