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‘Fatty liver disease’ has a new name. Here’s why.

Scientists around the world have agreed to a new name and definition for the common condition known as fatty liver disease. Dr Elena George, an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian IPAN researcher, explains.

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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.


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.


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?


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.


How to get more protein from plant based foods

IPAN PhD student Laura Marchese explains how to bump up healthy protein in your diet - without eating meat.


New web-based app aims to boost veggie intake in young adults

Young adults living in rural areas are not eating enough vegetables, but researchers are hoping technology might remove some of the barriers they face eating the recommended five serves a day.

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Is red meat bad for you? And does it make a difference if it’s a processed burger or a lean steak?

A juicy burger is a staple in many Australians’ diet. Yet research shows regularly eating red meat can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. But is eating a beef burger worse for your health than eating a lean grass-fed steak? And how much red meat should we really be eating?