How can you get your family onto the healthy food path?
Consider reducing your family’s intake of sugar. This website has information and games to help you all to think about the effects of sugar on your short and long term health.
Your youngsters will enjoy Play the Food Balance Game! Getting the right balance may be harder than you think.
For an insight into how a traditional aboriginal diet can be integrated into the Australian Healthy Food Guidelines see: Aboriginal eat_good_food_poster*
Sometimes encouraging your family to eat healthily is more easily said than done. This page has some ideas and links to get you started.
The following activities are designed to encourage children of all ages to obtain a varied diet by selecting foods from these five food groups.
- Families Learning about food Ages 3-6Food colouring in in one fileFamilies learning about food activities Ages 7-9Families Learning about food activities Ages 10-17
Kidspot recipes - Use search term “healthy” and lower fat and less sugar recipes come up.
Taste - Has recipes with nutrition content.
Taste Australia - Has information about indigenous food and recipes.
Outback Chef – Has Western Australian native plant seeds for sale
Gardening Australia - This website has comprehensive information about kitchen gardens and videos on how to do them easily.
Australian Institute of Sport - This site has information and recipes for elite sports people. It also shows nutritional analysis.
A short reminder of the basics
Food is essential for growth, development and repair. A wide variety of foods should be eaten in particular amounts.
Food can be divided into five main groups:
- bread and cereals
- meat and meat alternatives
- milk and milk products
This particular method of grouping avoids the common problem of over-simplification. Classifications such as ‘energy-foods’, ‘healthy foods’ or ‘foods for growth’ are less useful because many foods have more than one function. It is better not to classify foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
Children need both protein and energy for the growth of healthy bones and teeth.
Calcium and vitamin D have been shown to be crucial for development.
Portion size has been found to be an important factor in helping people to learn the appropriate amount of food to eat.
For the latest information regarding portion sizes and appropriate daily intake, visit the Australian Government Department of Health and read Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
For copyright reasons, we are unable to reproduce the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating poster but an A4 printable version of the poster is available at:Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. The blank guide below can be used as an interesting exercise: ask each member of the family to fill in what they ate that day according to the plate – even young ones can do it by drawing what they ate. Then compare their eating habits to the Australian Guide to Health Eating. Discuss results. blank guide
*(developed by Northern Territory. Department of Health and Community Services. Nutritional and Physical Activity Program )