Kids Nutrition & Fitness
Paula Goodyer Labels can be deceiving when it comes to healthy snacks for children.
Cherie Lyden Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of fuel for the brain and body, which is especially important for children as they are still developing, and need both brain and body to help them learn and play.
SIMONE MITCHELL "I don't want our children to be weight-obsessed. I want them to be focused on: what do I have to do to be the healthiest that I can be?"
Amy McNeilage At St Therese Primary in Sydney's south-west, students eat lunch at the early time of 10.50am. And, even then, it is the second meal break of the day after a 9.50am snack break.
Livia Gamble Find out the facts on why wholegrains are so essential for growing kids and how to up their daily intake.
EMMA MACDONALD The humble school canteen, staffed by volunteers and run by local parents and citizens groups, may soon become a thing of the past in the ACT.
Staff writers Carbohydrates tend to cop a lot of flack these days but do we really understand the role they play in keeping our kids' bodies healthy and functioning?
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Most agree that breakfast for kids is essential but sometimes getting them to tuck in to their morning meal isn't as easy as it sounds, writes Dr Joanna McMillan.
Staff writers Teach your kids healthy eating habits for life - starting with a nutritious morning meal.
When Dara-Lynn Weiss's seven-year-old daughter tipped the scales at 42 kilograms, she put her on a stringent diet. Here, Weiss recounts how she saved Bea from the threat of obesity.
ELIZA ASHE What the new SPF 50+ really means for your slip, slop, slap routine this summer.
Staff writers Are you doing all you can to ensure your kids are protected from the sun's rays this holiday season?
DAN HARRISON A child's weight could be included on their school report in a radical plan to tackle the obesity crisis.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Kids parties – am I a killjoy or do we seriously need to clean up our act?
Peter Milburn Public health experts, educators and the media constantly remind us that children should put down the video games and get active. But how much activity is really necessary to maintain health? And how much is too much for the younger person?
Livia Gamble Announcing to your family that it’s time to start eating healthier is now simpler than ever with these easy swaps from the Heart Foundation's Mums United.
MELISSA DAVEY Australians are now reporting food allergies at a rate higher than any other country, a congress of world allergy experts has been told but scientists are at a loss to explain why children are taking longer to outgrow them and they are rising in prevalence and severity.
Andrea Black There's a right way and a wrong way to help children lose weight.
Dr Joanna McMillan
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Ward off those winter bugs with Dr Joanna McMillan’s top ten immunity booster super foods for kids.
LAKSHMI SINGH When your child's daily salt intake can be unwittingly consumed in one meal it is time to get savvy about how much salt is going into their young bodies.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Dr Joanna McMillan tackles the problem that parents for generations have struggled to solve - how to deal with fussy eaters.
JUSTINE DAVIES While the scientific jury is still out on conclusive proof, many parents will tell you that they are certain that particular colours and additives to food send their children crazy!
Kylie Orr Muting TV ads was my husband’s idea. He hates them. The blatant lies leading us to believe we’ll be a lesser person, an inferior being if we don’t buy their product.
KATIE CARLIN Would you ever put your four-year-old on a diet to fit into her pageant dress? How about restrict your eight-year-olds daily calorie intake before a competition, bake her cake as a reward and then pile on the guilt as she eats it?
Rachel Browne Schoolchildren should be put on the scales and measured every time they have a health check, because parents and doctors can no longer identify weight problems purely on sight.
Heidi Davoren There are at least two issues common to every parent/child relationship. And over tea and scones us primary carers share our torment at the frustration these matters bring to our daily lives.
Rachel Browne Ella Gould's afternoons and weekends are action-packed. The eight-year-old is involved in physical culture, dancing, nippers, Oztag, a type of touch football, and Acrogym, a combination of acrobatics and gymnastics.
Rachel Browne Good eating habits from an early age can help prevent eating disorders, writes Rachel Browne.
Sarah Whyte MENTION the words hairspray, ''bendy rollers'' and leotards in a sentence and you're probably talking about physical culture, widely known as ''physie''.
Paula Goodyer Healthy school lunches from some of Australia's best loved cooks.
Rachel Browne SUMMER holidays are supposed to be a time for children to play outside from dawn to dusk.
Stephanie Peatling FAST food advertisements would be completely banned on children's television channels, websites and smartphones under new proposals to curb childhood obesity.
Overweight fathers urged to lose weight for the sake of their children.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN First up it’s nonsense to talk about sugar as being the root of all our health problems. We cannot talk about sugar as a singular compound in the same way that we can’t lump fat together, or carbs for that matter.
These burgers are a great healthy recipe to fill up you kids' tummies. To make this meal even better, let them help you with these beauties in the kitchen and you will be a hit as well as the burgers.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN These dyes are not necessary in our food chain, they are only there to make food look more enticing, particularly to children.
Brooke Tasovac Bedwetting is known medically as nocturnal enuresis, the term for when children wet the bed without waking up immediately.
Thinking of healthy snack choices for your child can be a draining process, especially when you are trying to keep them interested.
Steve Meacham Each Friday, Dilys Graham picks up her regular order: 46 loaves of white bread, 30 kilos of sausages, 10 kilos of bacon, 200 eggs - and that's just for the weekend barbecue at Avalon Soccer Club, where about 70 teams of varying ages need feeding.
Farms are a very healthy and happy environment in which to raise children but they may pose dangers for those who are new to the environment, including the very young.
Preventing child injuries from falls - particularly from windows and balconies.
Rachel West With all of the media coverage of recent natural disasters, it’s important to note the affect it can have on children. Even more so if they or someone they love have been directly involved. To a child, the world is a very big place, and they depend on the predictability of what happens around them.
Daniella Miletic A new 'kid-friendly' Vegemite was launched last week - but it it healthy enough? Experts weigh in.
Stuck for lunch box inspiration? EB members have compiled the most awesome lunch box suggestion list ever!
Carolyn Boyd It's a question many parents are facing – do kids really need their own rooms? It seems to have become a community norm that even very young children will sleep in separate bedrooms unless parents are "forced" to put them together because their home isn't big enough and they can't afford something with more bedrooms.
Amity Dry Like most Australians at the moment I am addicted to Masterchef. But not only is it one of my favourite shows, it is also one of my four year olds favourite shows. And this is proving to be a great platform for us to develop a love of cooking, and eating great food together.
New research confirms that Australian children are over-indulging on after school snacks, eating both too much food and making unhealthy choices.
Rachel Browne Health and welfare groups want a publicly funded campaign to educate young people about looking after their teeth.
Jane Willson The struggle to make children eat healthily may seem endless but an author has some tips.
Kylie Orr With the seasonal flu vaccinations currently suspended for under-fives in Australia, the debate over whether to vaccinate children rears its familiar ugly head. Frightening cases of children admitted to hospital after being immunised, always sends parents into a spin about whether vaccinations are actually the safest option for their children.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) finds that only 50-63 per cent of children consume the recommended serves of fruit each day, and merely 1-4 per cent of the recommended serves of vegetables on a daily basis. This indicates that children may not be receiving the essential nutrients found in fruit and vegetables that they need to grow and develop normally.
Ben Rossiter As another school year begins, the roads will become a lot busier. Not because the streets will be full of children walking to school, but because the roads around schools will be packed with cars ferrying primary school children to class. From an environmental, social and physical health perspective, this is bad news.
Paula Goodyer As domestic items go, a school lunch box seems simple - until you try filling it up, says Kate Di Prima of the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Although menu labelling is still the exception rather than the rule, a few states--including California and Oregon--and cities--including New York--have already passed policies requiring chain restaurant to provide calorie information. When restaurant menus list calories, parents will limit how much fast food their kids eat, a new report suggests.
Kidsafe National Kidsafe Day on October 26 aims to increase community awareness of how to prevent unintentional injury to children from 0 – 15 years. Unintentional injuries account for about 96% of injury hospital admissions and about 90% of injury deaths.
Jill Stark Parents are confused. So are the experts. How is the nation supposed to treat the childhood obesity crisis — and does it even exist? Jill Stark reports.
Adele Horin Children are appalled and frightened when their parents behave aggressively on the sidelines of junior sports events, and bad adult behaviour is a major reason they drop out of sport, in-depth interviews with 90 children show.
CAMERON HOUSTON and JILL STARK Short parents are injecting their healthy children with human growth hormone in a bid to make them taller, despite medical experts warning of serious risks.