Kids Nutrition & Fitness

Fairy floss-flavoured grapes are coming to Australia

Callan Boys The natural fruit hybrids aim to put table grapes back on the table.


What’s in my fridge? Alice Nicholls, Holistic Health Coach and Life Transformation Coach

Alice Nicholls gives us a peek inside her fridge.

As a health conscious mum of two young kids, Alice Nicholls strives for nutritious, budget and time-friendly foods to stock her fridge with.


Should I be more concerned that my five-year-old is a fussy eater?

Dinner battles: struggle to get fussy kids to eat.

Catherine Rodie It's dinnertime and I brace myself for the inevitable tears. I've made a simple pasta dish, packed with veggies (finely chopped to disguise the "green stuff"). I sprinkle grated cheese on top (an act of desperation maybe) and call my girls to the table.

Seven healthy snack ideas for kids

Healthy snacks for kids.

Danielle Colley Packaged foods are readily available and convenient but for that convenience we are paying more at the checkout and potentially exposing our kids to food additives that are known dangers.

Three awesomely healthy kids snack ideas

Healthy snacks for fussy eaters.

Rachel Javes Looking for some super easy snacks to whip up that won't send the kids into a sugar frenzy (and you don't have to be an expert chef to make)?

Why eating breakfast before school is non-negotiable

The importance of breakfast.

Jo Hartley The Dietitians Association in Australia is urging all parents to make eating breakfast 'non-negotiable' for school-aged children, following recent research that highlighted the detrimental effects for students who start school hungry.

Lunch lady fired for giving hungry students food when they forgot their money

Della Curry fired for giving out free lunches.

Livia Gamble Della Curry couldn't stand to see children go hungry.

Snackism: How we are teaching our kids to think they constantly need to eat

Constantly snacking: enough is enough.

Amanda Kolson Hurley Why have we become pushers of raisins, hawkers of rice crackers? Our kids are not starving. If anything, they're too well fed.

Too much salt in kids' diets: get Big Food to cut salt for better health

Why does the world continue to pickle its children?

Bruce Neal and Kathy Trieu A recent national nutrition survey in Australia found almost every child aged between two and eight exceeded recommended salt consumption levels.

Food star ratings on Kellogg's cereal range finally revealed

Kellogg's has relented to months of pressure to include health star ratings on its cereal products.

Esther Han Cereal maker Kellogg's has finally revealed its health star ratings. So which of its breakfast foods is bottom of the class?

Obesity Policy Coalition warns lunch box fruit drinks have more sugar than Coca-Cola

Fruit drinks can be just a sugar-laden as soft drinks, the Obesity Policy Coalition says.

Amy Corderoy Don't assume products are healthy just because of claims that they have "less sugar" or are "free from artificial colours and flavours" warns the Obesity Policy Coalition.

How French schools transform fussy eaters

Fussy eaters: How French schools transform fussy eaters.

Livia Gamble When the time came for this mum to send her fussy-eating child to a French school she feared her daughter would starve.

Health Check: the good and bad of Easter eggs, chocolate and hot cross buns

Easter eating: How bad for us is the festive food we love?

Clare Collins These days we don’t have much restraint when it comes to eggs made out of chocolate, but how many regular hen eggs are okay to eat? And what about the other Easter favourite: the hot cross buns?

Challenges of raising a child with food intolerances

Food intolerances: Robbing my son of some of childhood's greatest delights.

Elana Benjamin By the time Elana Benjamin's son was three there was a long list of foods he couldn’t eat.

Do we need health warning pictures of obese children on fast food?

A mock-up of what the health warning could look like was posted to health advocacy group, Game Changer’s Facebook page and has since gone viral.

Jo Hartley Would seeing pictures of overweight children on fast food make a difference to our childhood obesity problem?

Popular kids' cereals contain more than 30 per cent sugar

Sweet as: Coco Pops, Nutri-Grain, Fruit Loops and Frosties are more than one third sugar.

Craig Butt, Health Reporter Many popular children's cereals are saturated with sugar, a new analysis shows.

Parents think some sugary drinks healthy for kids

Hard facts on soft drinks, fruit juice and flavoured water.

Amanda Cuda Most parents know that sugar-laden sodas are bad for children, but what about other sweet drinks, such as fruit-flavoured drinks or flavoured waters?

Lunch policing

Lunch box policing doing more harm than good

Kasey Edwards "As a brand new school mum, I’ve recently discovered that schools have assumed the role of the Lunch Box Police," writes Kasey Edwards.

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Lolly burnt 'hole' in boy's tongue

Sour Warhead: Did this to seven-year-old's tongue.

Letitia Rowlands Lachlan Canak thought he could sneak a treat before school without anybody finding out.

Are parents to blame for fussy eaters?

Fussy eaters: Are parents to blame?

Livia Gamble If you have to battle with your child every night to eat their dinner you may be the problem, claims an English doctor.

How much sugar is in your child's lunchbox?

Hidden sugar: uncovering the masterfully disguised sugar items in your child's lunch.

Jennifer Morton Damon Gameau took on the challenge to eat 40 teaspoons of sugar everyday for two months to show people how much sugar is actually in the packaged foods we feed our kids.

The most important thing you can do with your kids

The benefits of a nightly family meal.

Anne Fishel It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit.

Simple sugar swaps make major difference, trial finds

Sugar swaps the key to fighting obesity, finds study.

Laura Donnelly Swapping just one snack a day for a healthier alternative could cut sugar intake by almost half, a pilot study has found.

Why Santa should bring your kids the right-sized sports gear


Smaller footballs, lighter tennis racquets and mini playing fields: it makes sense to have these for children, right?

Fruit and vegetable claims on some packaged foods debunked

Fruit and vegetables

Harriet Alexander The less healthy the food, the more likely it is to enthuse about its fruit content but how much do they actually contain?

What I want my son to remember about Phillip Hughes

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25 due to severe head injuries sustained by a bouncer delivery on Mondays Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02:  Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' looks on during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin

Lisa Schofield I heard the news of the tragic passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes only moments before taking my eight-year-old son to his cricket practice.


Unique ways Aussie schools are combating obesity

Small programs making a big difference in Australian schools.

Lilani Goonesena Here’s how five schools around the country are combating obesity.


This 8-year-old could crush you in a dance competition

Dance kid

Add 8-year-old Aidan Prince to the list of kids who would absolutely ruin you in a dance-off.

Nestle shrinks treats to cut sugar intake in kids

Lean not mean: Nestle is putting its oversized jelly snake on a diet.

Sue Mitchell Nestle’s Killer Pythons are looking more like multi-coloured vipers as the global confectionery giant downsizes products to control portion sizes and respond to growing consumer concerns about their sugar intake.


Too much screen time and too little outside play is holding back kids

Finding time for play ...

Rachael Sharman Outside play isn’t only important in combating childhood obesity. And too much “screen time” does more than just make our kids fat.

5 reasons to cook with your kids

There is much to be gained by cooking with kids.

Nicole Avery Taking the time to cook with kids provides a connection point for families that will offer a lifetime of benefits.


Despite healthy Happy Meal ads kids' still want a burger, study

Kids liked fast-food more after watching healthier Happy Meal ads.

Livia Gamble The UK Congress on Obesity in Birmingham heard that the ads don’t encourage kids to make healthier choices.

Is it time to bin breakfast cereal?

Cereal: is it good or bad for us?

Sarah Berry Cereal was once considered the breakfast of champions but has it been knocked off its podium for good?


Child obesity: The issue no one wants to raise


AILEEN NAKHLE With more and more parents unable to recognise their kids are overweight, healthcare professionals may need to step into the breach.

Why French kids aren't fat

First course: Cucumber and tomato salad

Main course: Veal marinated with mushrooms, broccoli


Dessert: Apple tart

Rachel Clun French children are some of the healthiest in the developed world, with the number of children overweight or obese under 20 per cent.

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Healthy school lunch box ideas for kids

Packing a healthy lunch doesn't have to be hard.

Sarah Gish Not all healthy lunches have to be Pinterest-worthy. With a little planning and a fridge full of convenient kid-approved foods, parents can send their kids to school with a midday meal that's as fun as it is nutritious.

Junk food ads aimed at children deliver unhealthy message

Tiny Teddies

Harriet Alexander Products such as Kit Kats and Coco Pops are being advertised to children by food companies because their own nutritional standards classify them as healthy.

Choice labels popular children's snacks with health star ratings

kids snack

Esther Han Choice has slapped nutrition ratings on 265 popular children's snacks using the government's health star ratings calculator, which was available on a government website before it was controversially pulled down in February.

Viral Video

Excited 9-year-old skateboarder lands impossibly hard move after 75 attempts

Nine-year-old Sabre Norris from New South Wales has impressive skateboarding skills for someone so young. YouTube/ The Berrics

Brian Koerber Nine-year-old skateboarding girl from NSW is totally stoked after she successfully lands 540 on her 75th attempt.


Five-year-old boy served near-raw McDonald's chicken nuggets


Angela Thompson McDonald’s served a five-year-old boy a near-raw six pack of chicken nuggets from a Drive Thru on the NSW south coast on Wednesday night.


How children become overweight


Susie Burrell How do children become overweight? The same way as adults - through poor food choices, says nutritionist Susie Burrell.


'Yoghurt grows on trees'

Kids still confused about where their food comes from


Livia Gamble A recent national survey shows that kids still don't know where their food comes from, so what are we doing to educate children on the mystery of food production?

Quad bike kids 'playing Russian roulette'

Richard Bowling wants people to get the message that quad bikes are not safe for children.

Kat Duggan Adults who allow children to ride quad bikes are playing Russian roulette with their lives, says a Blenheim man who lost his daughter in a quad bike accident.


I took my kids to Fit Mum's place for dinner and this is what happened

Fit Mum

Cassy Small Would your kids eat peanut butter made from sunflower seeds? Or fried rice from cauliflower? Cassy Small was sceptical too which is why she visited Fit Mum, aka Sharny Kieser’s home with her kids to test it out.


Why we need competition in competitive sports

What are we really losing when we remove competition from sport?

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?


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.


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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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.


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

eating disorder

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


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