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Why is toddler milk so popular? Follow the money

Toddler milk is popular and becoming more so. Dr Jennifer McCann and colleagues explain its appeal and why it's a problem.


Shaping better opportunities for women and girls in sport  

Our researchers are working to boost participation and advance women and girls at all levels of sport and recreation. 

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Deakin research reveals how to perform the perfect AFL handball

A Deakin University study has unlocked the secret to executing the perfect handball just in time for the 2024 AFL season.

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Dreading footy season? You’re not alone – 20% of Australians are self-described sport haters

With the winter AFL and NRL seasons about to start, Australia’s sporting calendar is once again transitioning from its quietest to busiest period. For many, the return of the AFL and NRL competitions is highly anticipated. But there is one group whose experience is very different: the approximately 20% of Australians who hate sport.

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New in-language resources to encourage healthy lifestyle habits early in life

Victoria's Health Minister, Mary-Anne Thomas MP, launches new resources encouraging healthy eating and active play from the start of life for culturally and linguistically diverse families in Melbourne’s west.

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Our researchers looked at 700 plant-based foods to see how healthy they really are. Here’s what they found

IPAN PhD student Laura Marchese and Dr Katherine Livingstone comprehensively audited readily available plant-based foods to analyse their nutrition value. They outlined their findings for The Conversation.


Bad influence: study shows social media unreliable for nutrition advice

Relying on social media for dietary advice and nutritional information could prove to be an unhealthy strategy, as a national audit of influencer posts revealed nearly half contained inaccurate information.

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Packing the perfect school lunchbox: what parents say

Parents everywhere are dusting off lunchboxes in readiness for a new school year. We asked families how they approach the daily task of school lunch prep. Here’s what we found.

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Our ‘food environments’ affect what we eat. Here’s how you can change yours to support healthier eating

In January, many people are setting new year’s resolutions around healthy eating. Achieving these is often challenging – it can be difficult to change our eating habits. But healthy diets can enhance physical and mental health, so improving what we eat is a worthwhile goal.


Deakin tops global list for sports science schools for third year running

Deakin University's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) have once again been ranked the world's best by the prestigious ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of Sports Science Schools and Departments.

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Meal kits are booming – but how do they stack up nutritionally?

Meal kits are a billion dollar industry selling the promise of convenience while cooking healthy meals at home. Delivering ingredients and step-by-step recipes to the doorstep, meal kits reduce the time and energy to plan, shop and prepare meals. But do they deliver on their promise of health?


Playing it safe: why parents need to let children take risks when they play

New research reveals that parents’ tolerance of risk and injury is a determining factor in how physically active their children are.

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