Kids Nutrition & Fitness

Why we need competition in competitive sports

Nova Weetman Why is it that large sporting organisations think that taking the element of competition out of competitive sport is a good thing for children?

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AFL backlash over new junior footy rules

Previously, the ban on competition and awards had been limited to under-8 and under-9 games,

Daniel Cherny Critics have hit out at the AFL on social media over their decision to ban keeping score and awarding players for best and fairest in the under-10 football.

How healthy is the food you pack for your child's lunch?

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Esther Han When it comes to the food you pack in your child’s lunch box the nutritional value can quickly decline depending on the brands you use.

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Kellogg's swaps healthy cereal for 'sneaky' one

Madison (9 years old) and her sister Emily Adams (6 years old) at home in Rosanna with the new sugar laden version of Kellogg's Mini Wheats. Their Mum Vicky Adams is frustrated at the lack of choice when it comes to trying to buy sugar free breakfast cereals.
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PHOTO: PENNY STEPHENS
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Deborah Gough Kellogg's has removed its "healthy" choice cereal from supermarket shelves and used the same name and logo to sell its sugary replacement "frosted" or "chocolate" version in a move labelled sneaky by consumer and health groups.

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Family pranks boy with banana and gets surprising reaction

They seriously underestimated his love of bananas.

KATIE CARLIN When this little boy’s family decided to prank him with a not-so-exciting gift they never anticipated he would react like this. Thankfully they uploaded it to YouTube so the rest of us could enjoy it too.

Schools' 'healthy' eating message confusing kids

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Veronica Foale Is the fight against fat actually negatively affecting our children's ideas about healthy eating?

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I'd never let my child do that

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Emma Levett Ever wondered if the experts practice what they preach? We speak with the medical professionals about the things they'd prevent their kids from doing.

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Dodging the lunchbox snack trap

Taking the mystery out of choosing healthy snacks for the lunchbox.

Susie Burrell Nutritionist Susie Burrell shares her tips for choosing snacks for the school lunchbox.

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Focusing on healthy habits for the family this year

How to start the year off on a healthy foot ...

DR JOANNA MCMILLAN How are your new year resolutions going? Did you make any for your kids? Dr. Joanna McMillan has a few to get you started and tells you how to make them a reality.

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The sacrifices we make for our kids

It may have be a small moment but it was a worthwhile one.

KERRI SACKVILLE - ESSENTIAL KIDS What sacrifices do you make for your kids? Kerri Sackville made a memorable one last week for her daughter and she is willing to do it all again next year.

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Bigger bowls, more waste

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Shereen Jegtvig Kids who are given larger bowls of food are more than likely to overeat or waste the excess food, according to a new study.

Trans fats, fast food and our kids

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN A lack of information on product packaging means we don't know how much trans fats our kids are consuming.

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Five commandments of healthy eating for families

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Susie Burrell Breakfast eaten in the car; a few dollars for a school canteen lunch and three or four different meals, at different times for each family member can ultimately lead to less than ideal family health habits long term.

Children follow in the footsteps of parents on the run

Andrew Daddo with daughters Anakibi & Jasper.

Anne Tarasov One of his daughters is a ballerina, the other is a basketball player, and his son makes his own surfboards. Andrew Daddo's children have all embraced an active lifestyle in their own way.

Parents to blame for childhood obesity?

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KATIE CARLIN Are parents to blame for producing obese children? According to Katie Hopkins’ latest controversial interview on This Morning they are, and they should also sit their children down and tell them “they’re fat” if they want to change it.

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'Bento style' lunch key to healthy kids?

Is this the key to getting kids to polishing off their lunch?

Rashida Tayabali How packing children's school lunch 'bento style' can help fight childhood obesity and surprisingly aid time poor parents.

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More than a game

The writer's two boys in their Dockers caps and scarves - Fraser and Gray.

Rebecca Martin Sport, football games and finals come and go, but this one is special. In our house, the coming AFL grandfinal this Saturday between Fremantle Dockers and Hawthorn is, just for once, genuinely more than a game.

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Home schooling up 65% in four years

Lindy Hadges with two of her five children, Ruben, 15, and Odette, 8, whom she home schools in Carlton, Sydney.

Josephine Tovey The number of children being taught at home in NSW has ballooned by 65 per cent in four years, with many parents citing bullying, philosophical objections to schooling and a desire for personal learning as reasons for rejecting formal education.

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Apple juice as sugary as Coca-Cola

Hidden sugar bomb: Apple juice bad for your health.

Sarah Whyte Apple juice has as much sugar as soft drinks, and health experts are warning consumers to limit consumption.

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Does soda cause aggression?

Study finds link between aggression and kids who consume large amounts of soft drink.

Andrew M Seaman Kids who drank four or more servings of soda per day were twice as likely to destroy other people's belongings, get into fights and physically attack people.

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Essential Kids Activity Finder app

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Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia.

Six secrets to lunchbox success

Steps to getting empty lunch boxes and full tummies ...

KRISTY KOMADINA Tired of your kids arriving home from school with their lunch box full of uneaten nutritional goods you lovingly prepared? Kristy Komadina shares her secrets to getting empty lunch boxes and full tummies.

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What to feed your kids

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Plating up a nutrient rich menu daily for your kids isn't as hard as you think. Dr Joanna McMillan takes us through a typical child's daily food intake and shows you how a few simple changes can make all the difference.

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Look past the packaging when it comes to lunchbox snacks

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Paula Goodyer Labels can be deceiving when it comes to healthy snacks for children.

Energy foods for active kids

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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.

Michelle Obama won't discuss weight with her daughters

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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?"

Early lunch gives kids an energy hit in class

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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.

Importance of wholegrains in children's diets

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Livia Gamble Find out the facts on why wholegrains are so essential for growing kids and how to up their daily intake.

Canteens taking last orders

Tina Mizgalski believes providing healthy food for her two young girls (Ella, age 6 and Ruby, age 2) is most important for navigating nutritional choices in their later life.

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.

First world worries

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ANDREW DADDO How do you teach kids to appreciate what they have in life?

The facts on carbs for kids

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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?

Reluctant breakfast eaters

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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.

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Benefits of Breakfast

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Staff writers Teach your kids healthy eating habits for life - starting with a nutritious morning meal.

A mother's 'battle' against her seven-year-old daughter's obesity

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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.

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Improved protection

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ELIZA ASHE What the new SPF 50+ really means for your slip, slop, slap routine this summer.

Sun smart tips for families

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Staff writers Are you doing all you can to ensure your kids are protected from the sun's rays this holiday season?

Push to put weight on school reports

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DAN HARRISON A child's weight could be included on their school report in a radical plan to tackle the obesity crisis.

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Providing a healthy balance at kids' parties

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DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Kids parties – am I a killjoy or do we seriously need to clean up our act?

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Pushing kids too hard

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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?

Simple swaps make the difference

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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.

Australian allergy rates baffle experts

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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.

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