Resources for Families Fact Sheet
There are a wide range of resources for families to help them understand and apply healthy nutritional standards.
The resources recommended in this Factsheet include the most recent dietary advice from the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council, specifically the Australian Dietary Guidelines (see www.eatforhealth.gov.au). The updated version of these Guidelines was released in 2013 and is based on the evidence from over 55,000 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles, which were reviewed by a Dietary Guidelines Working Committee of experts in a variety of nutrition fields.
The following resources provide information on a range of nutrition topics for children aged 1 – 12 years. To view the factsheets visit www.health.act.gov.au and search for 'TuckaTalk'.
Foodwise resources provide nutrition information on a range of topics for young people aged 12 years and older. To view the factsheets visit www.health.act.gov.au and search for 'Foodwise'.
Food for 4-6 year olds
Drink up for good health
Constipation and fibre
Children and iron
Vegetarian eating for children
Healthy lifestyles for healthy bodies
Food for 1-3 year olds
Enjoying fruit and vegetables
Bone up on calcium
Pack a lunch with some punch
Healthy eating for young people
Hunger buster snacks
Weight management and energy balance
Talk About Weight Fact Sheets
The Talk About Weight factsheets provide nutrition information for parents who are concerned their child is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. To view the factsheets visit www.health.act.gov.au and search for 'Talk About Weight'.
Women, Youth & Children Nutrition Service
Women, Youth & Children Nutrition Service The Women, Youth & Children Nutrition team provides a free service to children, young people and their families. Dietitians can provide advice on a range of nutrition topics including fussy eating, introducing solids, weight management, food allergy and intolerance and disordered eating.
Phone (02) 6207 9977, 8am - 5pm weekdays
Nutrition services are provided at the Phillip; Tuggeranong; City; Belconnen and Gungahlin Health Centres and the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre.
Nutrition Australia produces a range of national resources that aim to promote optimal health by encouraging food variety and physical activity. The following fact sheets are relevant to children and adolescents. Visit www.nutritionaustralia.org/act
Vegetable snacks for kids
Packing a school lunchbox
Eat a rainbow
5 food tips for healthy kids
Kids brainy breakfast ideas
What's for lunch?
For panicky parents with fussy eaters
8 foods young kids love
Nutrition for teens – advice for parents
Food and fitness for children
Drinks for children
Food advertising directed at children
www.goodhabitsforlife.act.gov.au/ - an ACT Government website that includes tips for families on nutrition and activity.
www.raisingchildren.net.au - an Australian parenting website that includes tips for parents/carers on nutrition and fitness for all age groups.
www.healthy-kids.com.au - Great lunchbox ideas and other resources at the NSW Government website
www.nudefoodday.com.au - Nude Food Days promoting unpackaged food in lunchboxes
www.vaccho.org.au - Resources for Aboriginal families about suitable nutrition for children