Preschooler Nutrition & Fitness

Making mealtimes family time

Sarah Wayland One mother decided to follow Jo Turner's advice in her book, 'Mealtimes without Mayhem', and keep a diary of how it went. Here is what happened next.

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Bringing children up vegetarian

Benefits of raising a vegetarian.

JO HARTLEY Have you considered raising your kids vego? Here are how two families have made it work for them and the benefits they've reaped.

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Mother fined for unbalanced school lunch

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KATIE CARLIN A Canadian mother of two was fined by her local daycare for sending her children to school with homemade leftovers that didn’t tick off the required ‘grain’ component to their lunch.

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Klum's bribe for healthy kids

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Staff writers Heidi Klum’s New Year’s Resolution has found her paying her kids to eat healthy.

Parents blind to early obesity in children

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Melissa Davey Fed on a steady diet of fast food, soft drinks and television, 20 per cent of children are overweight or obese by the time they start kindergarten.

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Dr. Joanna McMillan

The shocking sugar-coated truth

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN A spoonful of sugar helps the supplement go down? Dr. Joanna McMillan reveals what is hiding in your child's vitamins.

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Are your kids future Biggest Loser stars?

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MICHELLE BRIDGES If you don't feed your kids well, you'll be setting them up for a very unhealthy life.

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TV linked to children's unhealthy eating

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A survey has found that television viewing is associated with unhealthy eating at all times.

Carrie's project: get Ollie to sleep in time

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As a single, working mother who is often on set until 8pm, TV presenter Carrie Bickmore struggles to get her four-year-old son Ollie to bed early.

Parents in denial about obesity

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Cosima Marriner Many parents are ''in complete denial'' about their child's weight, obesity specialists say.

Off to a fat start

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We all have to take responsibility for childhood obesity to combat it, writes Michelle Bridges.

Striking a balance

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AS A DOCTOR, Andrew Rochford knows the importance of limiting screen time to help prevent childhood obesity. As a parent, he says it is just ''commonsense''.

Don’t hide veggies, enjoy them

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN The battle to get vegies into our kids seems to be universal and fraught parents will try anything to get something naturally green into their offspring.

Healthy eating starts with what goes in the pantry: Rowntree

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Danielle Teutsch If Catriona Rowntree's two-year-old son, Andrew, is peckish, he can chew on home-grown apples, mulberries, strawberries and cherry tomatoes.

Fussy eaters sorted

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QUIRKY KID For most parents, getting their children to eat vegetables can sometimes be a difficult task. Dinner table tantrums and cries of distaste are a familiar scene to many households, leaving parents to come up with clever ways to coax vegetables into fussy tummies.

Why not all white bread is bad

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KATIE CARLIN While most of us grew up with a love for fluffy, white bread it seems that white bread has not loved us back. But are all white breads bad for you?

Plastic leaching and other unnatural hazards

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN To give us the best chance of good health, not to mention the effects on the environment, I advise choosing organic and earth friendly products.

Football is simply child's play for the Soccajoeys

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Aaron Cook, Ella Rubeli The 2030 FIFA World Cup and 2031 Women's World Cup might be a long way off, but a team of potential competitors has been honing their skills at the Five Dock Leisure Centre for the past few weeks.

Elmo, Big Bird lend a hand

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Michelle Griffin Big Bird has lost his nest during ''a big emergency''. Elmo has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Bert and Ernie lend a helping hand.

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Is junk food child abuse?

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Absolutely, says Michelle Bridges, parents have a responsibility to feed their children healthy food.

Study

Childhood obesity starting to improve

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Julie Robotham Australia's childhood obesity epidemic has finally gone into reverse, according to a study that highlights a small but steady fall in the proportion of preschoolers deemed overweight during the past decade.

11 kid's party food ideas

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Looking for some healthier options to chips and hot dogs for your next children's party? We've found 11 fun food ideas, from classics like frogs in a pond to surprising new favourites like sushi and dumplings. For heartier fare, try lamb pasties.

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Tropical sand dough

A great sensory activity for little hands, as well as being inexpensive for parents.

Homemade seed and fruit mix

You can use any seeds and fruit you have on hand and can make it up in a big batch to easily add variety to the lunch box.

10 Disney Plot Points That Make No Sense

AAs kids, Disney movies made perfect sense but watching them again with adult eyes has left us confused for these 10 reasons.

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