Nutrition & Fitness for Older Kids

Hilarious food names only your family understands

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.

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Do we need to put an end to hard contact sports?

Running back on the field concussed should not be seen as doing their team-mates a favour,” Dr Pearce says.

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.

Bedroom TVs bad for children's waistlines

Increased health dangers of allowing a television in your child's room.

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.

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Sensational or scary? Burger stuffed pizza crust launches

Pizza Hut's cheeseburger crust pizza.

Annabel Smith First it was mozzarella, then hot dogs, now burger patties are the latest fast food to be stuffed inside a pizza crust.

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School girl with MS determined to keep racing, collapses at every finish line

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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.

Junior sport soft drink ban left up to parents

Water isn't the main drink of choice at children's sporting events

Emily Haynes Ban soft drink at junior sporting events and the chances are parents will buy sugary drinks elsewhere.

The effects of bullying in sport

Bullied kids avoid sport ...

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.

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Russia celebrates its new 15-year-old ice princess Julia Lipnitskaia

Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia

While the teenager is lamenting the errors in her performance, her colleagues are hailing her as 'a young genius' with 'iron in her bones'.

10 fun ways to get fit with your family this year

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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?

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Peanut therapy lets allergic children eat their first nuts

Child eating peanut butter.

Experimental trial using small amounts of peanut flour helps 80 per cent of children safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.

How to handle great expectations

Making it as an elite athlete is harder than most realise.

Zohra Aly How do you prepare your child for the possibility of failure without quashing their dreams?

Food fact or fiction?

Organic baby spinach

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’.

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Meet Jake Schellenschlager, the 14-year-old who can lift twice his weight

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DeNeen L. Brown Jake Schellenschlager is a powerlifting sensation, but doctors warn that such feats can hurt growing bodies.

Dance concert drama unfolds for Daddo

Dance concert drama unfolds for Daddo

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?

McDonald's slammed for introducing home delivery in Sydney

McDonald's growth is down by more than half.

Sarah Whyte Healthy eating in Australia has a new enemy: home-delivered McDonald's.

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Following in her mother's footsteps

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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.

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Negative impact of a bad coach can last a lifetime

When you're forced to be a benchwarmer ...

Belinda Williams If you're not going to give all kids a fair go, get out of the coaching game, writes Belinda Williams.

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The real reason kids need to exercise

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Nicole Thomson Pride We often hear that exercise has tremendous benefits for children, but has anyone ever explained to you the reasons why?

Kids skipping breakfast

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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.

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Top three breakfast recipes

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KRISTY KOMADINA Enjoy a family breakfast with one of these delicious recipes.

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Top 5 recipe ideas to make with Weet-Bix

Weet-Bix recipes

Kristy Komadina Muffins, pecan pie, chocolate balls, homemade granola and cookies - cooking with wholegrains doesn't have to be boring.

The key to willpower is teaching it young

How to curb mindless eating ...

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?

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Why Maccas isn't to blame for childhood obesity

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Michael Jarosky McDonald's is an easy target but at some point we need to take responsibility for our own choices.

Caffeine concern over teens and energy drinks

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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.

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When parents get abusive on the football field

Are you too invested in your child's sporting achievements?

Sarah Macdonald It's finals season and there’s plenty of bad behaviour from over enthusiastic parents.

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Teaching and doing more effective than telling

Learning to love healthy food.

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.

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Preventing bad body image in kids

Developing a healthy attitude to food and exercise.

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.

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The daily dinner battle

Does your child spend more time playing with their food than eating it?

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.

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Teen umpires need protection

Enough is enough.

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.

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Importance of fibre in children's diets

Leave the skin on for extra fibre ...

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.

Why low GI matters

Low GI Foods Essential Kids

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?

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Warning labels are failing parents

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The Conversation Research finds parents of children with life-threatening allergies are ignoring warning labels on food packaging.

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Parents wary of league violence

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CHRISTINE SAMS Is rugby league an overly violent sport? Parents seem to think so, sending their kids to soccer lessons instead.

Get the kids outside and join them

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Paula Goodyer There are good reasons why kids and grown ups should run around outdoors.

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Fueling fast kids

Non-stop kids need good fuel to keep them going ...

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?

Yes I eat ...

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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.

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Call for weight limits in school rugby

Australian Rugby Union training camp for school aged kids.

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.

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Hooked on this feeling

Henry Roberts

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.

The right milk for your child

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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!

Time to invest in stocks

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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.

Sweet and fatty facts on healthy eating

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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.

Day's worth of fat in child fast-food meal

The truth about takeaway food ...

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.

How to make healthy choices from the school canteen

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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.

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Push for tax on soft drink

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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.

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Sugar rush

Why 'healthy' smoothies aren't good for you

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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.

Top ten photo galleries of 2012

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Enjoy our most popular photo galleries of the year all over again with our top ten.

Making a sunwise choice this summer

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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.

For the love of the game

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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.

Call to ban TV in kids' bedrooms

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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.

Sugar eating up kids' health

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Michelle Henderson Soft drinks, chocolate and cereals are pushing Aussie kids over recommended daily added sugar intakes, a preliminary study suggests.

Blame IT, not TV, for teen health apathy

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Agencies Mobile phones and computers may have overtaken television as the root of all evil for teenagers' poor wellbeing, an Australian study shows.

Gwyneth focused on kids' mental health

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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.

Top ten ways to get kids to be more active

Inspiring kids to get active isn't as hard as you might think ...

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.

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Serving up a daily dose of goodness

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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.

Passing on an eating disorder

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SHELLY HORTON Researchers have uncovered fresh evidence of a genetic predisposition to eating disorders that is passed from mothers to daughters.

Call for school weigh-ins to fight fat

Australian children should be weighed and measured at school, experts say.

Kate Hagan Efforts to address public health epidemic hamstrung by inadequate and outdated data, experts say.

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Breakfast break for school kids?

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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.

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Videogames to fight obesity?

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Michael Kasumovic Here’s an idea for improving the health of our children: let them play more videogames.

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Fit for an Olympian

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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.

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Kids' diet benefits whole family

Weight loss, diet, big jeans, big pants, waist.

Father sheds kilos on daughter's special paediatric diet.

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