Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018: Do you have any special little things you like to do at Christmas. Every year I buy a new Christmas tree decoration and over the years I’ve built up quite a collection for my children. They are all shapes and sizes, some made by my … Read more »

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Children 3–5 years

Preschool children are often very inquisitive about the food they are eating so this can be a good time to play with food, help with shopping and learn about where food comes from.

Get into fruit and vegetables for optimal health

Do you get your 5+ A Day servings of fruit and vegetables? Learn how gardening and creative activities can improve your consumption of these foods and maximise their nutritional benefits for better health. Read more »

Tune into your parenting style for better child health

The food that children eat is influenced by TV advertising, peer pressure and their likes and dislikes but by far the greatest influence is the food that their parents choose for them at the supermarket that may also reflect their parenting style. Read more »

Grandparents can help fight childhood obesity

Grandparents can offer support to parents when they recognise that feeding problems may exist in their children. Also they can help to educate the young about the importance of good nutrition to physical and mental development and disease prevention Read more »

Milk matters

How safe is cow’s milk in the raw and homogenised state? When can cow’s milk be given to infants and how can we protect children against developing allergies to cow’s milk? These are just some of the questions that have come up in the media lately and are in need of some clarification Read more »

Playtime helps combat childhood obesity

NZ children are getting fatter at a younger age That doesn’t mean that we need to consider dieting our children or dragging our toddlers around the race track but we do need to look at some simple things we can do to get healthier together. Read more »

Child growth rates vary

Does your child still fit last year’s school uniform?
It is surprising how much growth can occur over the school holidays
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“Free foods” for hungry children

Free foods”, while bulky, are very low in energy and filling. So their cost in terms of calories is much lower than most other dietary components, hence the term “free”. As these foods are also naturally fat free they make ideal snacks for anyone trying to control body weight Read more »

Teach your child to cook for better health

Is your child able to prepare a simple meal? Can you? A British poll in 1994 of seven to 15 year-old children found 93% could play computer games, but only 38% could cook a potato in its jacket in the oven. Another 61% of children could programme a video to record, but only 54% could boil an egg. A survey last year found that little had changed.

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