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 5–9 years

When children move onto school their daily routines are broken up by food breaks. School lunches and snacks, what to eat on sports days all becomes more important when children are growing.

Get children cooking this Christmas

Increasing the confidence of children to cook from scratch is now seen as part of the strategy to reduce chronic diet related disease and obesity. We offer 12 top foods to know how to cook before leaving home. Read more »

How do we ‘grow’ an athlete in New Zealand?

To ‘grow’ a healthy athlete it takes a combination of genetics, training, hard work, good coaching, time and most of all the ‘right’ food. Read on and learn how. Read more »

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 »

Changing our “weight talk” may bring better health

A child can build their confidence and self esteem if monitoring their growth rate is accompanied by positive health messages about weight, fitness and energy to achieve in life. Read more »

Overcome misconceptions about weight for better family health

Despite the proliferation of information linking a healthy diet with weight control the rates of obesity around the world continue to grow.1
Could it be that adults and children misperceive their weight or lack the self- efficacy to make changes?
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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 »

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