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

Victorian Health Minister 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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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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Dads in the kitchen: supporting fathers to provide healthy food choices for families

Fathers play a crucial role in shaping the food choices and eating habits of their children within the household. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked in research and initiatives aimed at promoting healthier diets among kids.

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Study finds some mealtime strategies make fussy kids even fussier

New IPAN research has found that mealtime strategies used by parents of fussy eaters might be inadvertently turning their children into even fussier eaters, interrupting their ability to regulate their own appetite and establish healthy eating habits.

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Misleading food labels contribute to babies and toddlers eating too much sugar. 3 things parents can do

Research shows that Australian infants and toddlers are eating unhealthy amounts of sugar.

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Study finds children missing out on healthy diets at childcare

Children in many Victorian childcare centres are being fed meals that don’t meet healthy guidelines and staff who plan their menus don’t feel confident or supported enough to do better, a new study has found. 

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How to deal with hangry kids and reduce the chances of it happening again – 3 tips from nutrition experts

Like adults, children can get “hangry” – a combination of angry and hungry. IPAN childhood nutrition experts shared some insights on when hangriness attacks for The Conversation.

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Do kids get enough time to eat their school lunch?

Most primary school students are being given just ten minutes to eat lunch, even though many parents and teachers agree this is not enough time for children to finish eating the food in their lunchbox.

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Children score D- for physical activity as experts fear health crisis looms

The latest national report card on children's physical activity shows young Australians are not moving enough and experts worry that sedentary living patterns established in childhood will increase the risk of poor health outcomes in later life.

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Time for a tech break?

Don’t let your phone dominate your life. Here are five good reasons to switch off on the National Day of Unplugging this Friday, 4 March.

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World-first program expands interstate to transform primary and secondary school classrooms

After a decade of research, a revolutionary school program is set to expand into interstate and secondary schools to improve the mental and physical health of more children and teens by keeping them active throughout all levels of education.

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Lockdowns meant long hours of screen time and less activity for families

Screen time behaviour among Australian families changed dramatically during last year’s COVID lockdown with children spending almost 27 more hours each week on their screens, a new study has found.

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