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Increasing fruit and vegetable intake

It can be challenging, but there are benefits to involving children in shopping, meal decisions and food preparation. In this video we consider strategies for increasing fruit and vegetable intake …

Reading food labels

Food labels can be a little confusing if you don’t know what to look for. So we will help you understand what information is important. Nutrition information panels vary from …

Food Safety

As children develop it is important to know about certain foods that could be unsafe for them, and pay close attention to food hygiene. Foods unsafe for young children: It …

Healthy eating guidelines

It is important that each country develops their own healthy eating guidelines. Why different? Guidelines for healthy eating for children differ from country to country . This is because each …

Nutrition stages

Children should experience nutritious foods in stages, from breastfeeding, to the introduction of solids and family foods. Breastfeeding (first 6 months for up to 2 years and beyond) Breastfeeding provides …

What is healthy eating?

Healthy eating involves consuming adequate amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and low-fat protein foods for optimal health and development. Benefits of healthy eating for children include: Weight gain prevention …

Nutrition issues

Children are eating more energy dense foods than they should and not enough fruits and vegetables… A few alarming statistics: Less than 10% of 4-8 year old children in Australia …

Nutrition and obesity

The main cause of people being overweight and obese is a “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—which is affected by various genetic, behavioural, and environmental …

Research and study opportunities

Has this course sparked your interest in a field of research or study in the area of early childhood education, health or development? Are you inspired to discover more? Join …

Course conclusion

Thanks for joining us on this journey to learn about how we can prevent childhood obesity! Over the past four weeks, we have learned about the crucial roles that nutrition, …

Optimising and prioritising sleep

In this video we discuss tips for good sleep hygiene, including the following. Develop a routine: Be consistent with regular times for going to bed at night and getting up …

Melatonin

Although there are many hormones and neurotransmitters (or chemical messengers in the brain) involved in regulating sleep and wakefulness, melatonin is one of the most common hormones involved in the …

Stages of sleep

We have learned so far that the sleep of a healthy individual is divided into two different types – REM and non-REM sleep. What we will now consider is the …