Nutrition & Fitness for Older Kids
Megan Levy Mick Fanning's mother was watching her son compete live in the final of the J-Bay Open from her Tweed Heads home when she saw the unmistakable shape of a shark's fin emerge behind him, followed by thrashing in the ocean.
Andrew Daddo We all like to think we value our child's participation in sport first and winning second but Andrew Daddo wonders how true this actually is.
Gavin Sandercock The least fit ten-year-old English child from a class of 30 in 1998 would be one of the five fittest children in the same class tested today.
Livia Gamble Four things we learnt behind the scenes at My Food Bag.
Dan Harrison New ABS figures shed light on the nation's eating habits, and it's not a pretty picture.
Esther Han Paying a little more may get you free range eggs laid by hens that can bask in the sunlight, but price is no guarantee of that.
Harriet Alexander A study of 4600 children has found those who were more active in their late childhood had a lower body weight and lower smaller risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes by their mid-teens.
Casey Seidenberg Do your children know that sugar isn't good for them but fail to remember why as soon as they see the snacks at the checkout aisle? Here is how you can break it down for them.
A Swedish family has shown just how quickly an organic diet change can rid the body of pesticides.
Anna Guy You want your kids to be able to do something they love but if they have already failed to commit to a term of dance twice should you give them another chance?
Mihiri Udabage Her 10-year-old son was reluctant at first but after six months of ballet lessons Mihari Udabage only wishes he had started sooner.
Kerri Sackville It’s no longer enough to put a well balanced meal on the table - it also has to be cooked from scratch or our children will be the ones that suffer.
Georgina Connery A delivery of brand new bicycles ahead of National Ride2School Day had Aranda Primary School students revved up to ride.
Students and staff at nearly 100 schools and childcare centres across Australia may have contracted hepatitis A from contaminated frozen berries, federal Labor says.
Megan Blandford It’s struck a chord with women around the world but this campaign offers an important message that’s also worth sharing with our daughters.
Children's body image
Kasey Edwards No, it's not - if she is, she already knows, writes Kasey Edwards.
Kate Hagan McDonald's in Mildura is offering a 9 per cent cash rebate on a school order.
Collette Beck As humans we are wired to seek victory and we loath defeat but how do we build a foundation of good sportsmanship in our children to steer them well into the future?
Livia Gamble If you’re kids aren't eating their packed lunch they probably don’t like it.
Benjamin Preiss The Shuk is no ordinary school canteen. At Bialik College's cafeteria, students feast on fresh salads, falafel, quinoa and soba noodles.
Lisa Schofield Thousands of competitors will line up to swim the Cole Classic this Sunday. Amongst them will be 19 brave kids from Team Aidan and after a four year battle with cancer, nine-year-old Aidan himself will finally get to join the team named in his honour.
James Rudd 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?