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Front of Pack Labeling for Food in Australia - Just Add Education

<a href="/articles/front-of-pack-labeling-for-food-in-australia-just-add-education">Front of Pack Labeling for Food in Australia - Just Add Education</a>

Opinion: Front of Pack Labelling (FOPL) has been getting more media attention lately; the Federal government is likely to announce its stance on the matter prior to the Federal and State Food Ministers’ meeting in response to a commissioned report. The push for front of pack labelling is driven by the aim to help consumers make an informed decision about a food item based on the amount of sugar, fat or salt it contains ... The Healthy Kids Association recognises that FOPL has the potential to help consumers choose healthy options in the marketplace and can go some way to counter junk food marketing advertisements. Read full article

Grain Foods in Healthy Children's Diets - Ideas for Parents

<a href="/articles/grain-foods-in-healthy-childrens-diets-ideas-for-parents">Grain Foods in Healthy Children&#039;s Diets - Ideas for Parents</a>

Grain foods such as breads, cereals, pasta, rice and noodles make up an important part of children’s healthy diets. They are packed full of: Energy - the fuel to keep growing bodies and brains going all through the day; Fibre to help keep the digestive system healthy and regular; B vitamins and minerals to keep the body running smoothly. How Much Grain Food Should be in Healthy Children's Diets? Read full article

Does BPA in Food Packaging Cause Behaviour Problems in Children?

<a href="/articles/does-bpa-in-food-packaging-cause-behaviour-problems-in-children">Does BPA in Food Packaging Cause Behaviour Problems in Children?</a>

Bisphenol A , also called BPA, is a chemical found in plastics that has been reported as possibly harmful to human health if ingested in large quantities. Parents have been especially interested in this news because BPA has been used in plastic polycarbonate baby bottles and in plastic lined cans for many years. A study published this week in the journal Pediatrics, has brought the topic back into the news. And it’s easy to interpret a headline in, for example, the Washington Post, with some alarm: “Study Links BPA Exposure in Womb to Behavior Problems in Toddler Girls”. Read full article

Liver Disease and Children - What is a Fatty Liver?

<a href="/articles/liver-disease-and-children-what-is-a-fatty-liver">Liver Disease and Children - What is a Fatty Liver?</a>

n the weekend edition of the Sydney Morning Herald (26 -27 March 2011) there was an article titled Overweight Teenagers Run the Risk of Liver Disease. The article reported on a recent study conducted in Western Australia that found 13% of 17-year-old teenagers had Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). We at Healthy Kids find this worrying as NAFLD is not normally diagnosed at this young age. What Does NAFLD mean for Children? And how do you Get Fatty Liver Disease? Read full article

Importance of Nutrition for Under Fives - United Nations 'Scaling Up Nutrition'

<a href="/articles/importance-of-nutrition-for-under-fives-united-nations-scaling-up-nutrition">Importance of Nutrition for Under Fives - United Nations &#039;Scaling Up Nutrition&#039;</a>

Simultaneously tackling obesity and malnutrition may seem like “polar opposites”, conceded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the High-Level Meeting on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in New York, but an increasing number of countries are experiencing higher rates of both and the answer to reducing this phenomenon is the same: better nutrition. Twenty nations with stunting rates of more than 40 percent among children under-five have reaffirmed their commitments to develop national strategies to increase access to more nutritious foods. Read full article

Family Meal - the Best Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/09/28/family-meal-the-best-spaghetti-bolognese-sauce">Family Meal - the Best Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce</a>

If I had to name just one recipe that is a family staple in our house it would be Spaghetti Bolognaise. Or more correctly – Spaghetti Bolognese. Since moving out of home, falling in love with a man of Italian origin and also falling in love with his Italian parents and family here, my version of this essential family dish has been refined to the point that I think I can boastfully say – this Bolognese sauce is as tasty and delicious as I can make it. Here is the recipe. Read full article

Dairy Intake for Children and Your Family

<a href="/articles/dairy-intake-for-children-and-your-family">Dairy Intake for Children and Your Family</a>

According to The Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia (developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council) , anyone over 2 years old should consume reduced-fat varieties such as light milk, 25% reduced fat cheese and reduced fat yoghurt. This article contains information about recommended intake of dairy for children and ideas for increasing dairy food in your child's diet. Read full article

How to Keep Food Safe in School Lunchboxes

<a href="/articles/how-to-keep-food-safe-in-school-lunchboxes">How to Keep Food Safe in School Lunchboxes</a>

The recent food-borne illness outbreak in Germany is a reminder to minimise the risk of our children getting sick from the food in their school lunchboxes. Food-borne illness is any illness that results from eating food that is contaminated. Contamination can come from physical objects, chemicals, and biological substances such as bacteria and viruses. Food contaminated with bacteria is the leading cause of food-borne illness. Read full article

A Visit to a Farmers' Market is Part of our Family Life

<a href="/blogs/louisebassett/2011/09/08/a-visit-to-a-farmers-market-is-part-of-our-family-life">A Visit to a Farmers&#039; Market is Part of our Family Life</a>

Food has been on my mind lately. When is it not? Some would say I am quite obsessed by it. Sometimes I have been thinking about feeding my child. I didn't completely understand the amount of time and energy that would be put in, usually by me, to plan, cook and arrange, meals for my child. Not always by me. Every morning, Benedict's porridge is served by his daddy. It's their time, breakfast. It is a two-fold joy. Usually, it is a smooth, easy time ... The other thing I am thinking a lot about, is where our food comes from. Nearly everything fresh, that comes into this house, is from somewhere nearby that I could go to if I wanted to, to see where it is made. Read full article

Stephane Pois, a Gourmet Pied Piper Inspiring Children

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/05/30/stephane-pois-a-gourmet-pied-piper-inspiring-children">Stephane Pois, a Gourmet Pied Piper Inspiring Children</a>

Today I saw something wonderful. And unexpected. My kids know about real food. Fresh food. They don't think cakes come from packet mix because Mum says if you're going to have chocolate cake, have a real one. They know how to make dumplings. They've had chooks in their backyard (and will have them again when I build a proper pen ... long story) ... Today at the farmers' market we met Stephane Pois. Read full article