Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Families today, with school-age children, have very busy schedules. This can sometimes make it hard to sit down to homemade meals every day when there is such an abundance of pre-packaged and processed food at the available. However, it is still important to teach your kids healthy eating habits. Diet and nutrition is crucial to your child’s development. Not only can it prevent many chronic diseases, but it also impacts on your child’s brain development and learning abilities.
There are many benefits to incorporating a healthy diet and good nutrition. It can stabilise your child’s energy, improve their mood and maintain a healthy weight. Not only will it improve their general wellbeing, but it can also have a positive impact on their mental health helping prevent anxiety, depression and ADHD.
Jane is the Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC). In her role, Jane advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity, with a focus on food marketing, labelling, and tax and pricing measures.
Felice is the Director of the Food and Mood Centre as well as the founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR). She is also an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University in Australia.
Dr Joanna is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, dietitian, author, TV personality and former fitness leader. She endeavours to explain scientific research on healthy diet and lifestyle to a wider audience. Having grown up in Scotland, Joanna is now a proud ‘honorary Aussie’ and Australia Day ambassador.
Michele is a nutritionist, author and presenter. Michele is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and prides herself on having "a sensible approach to nutrition". She is also the Nature Care College Ambassador, Cure Cancer Ambassador and Heart Research Institute Ambassador.
LEFT: Beth Oakley - Dean of Students, Wenona School
RIGHT: Briony Scott - Principal, Wenona School
In this time of convenience, it is easy to reach for pre-packaged food or even “junk” food. However, these foods are usually packed full of sugar and salt, making them not as healthy as they might claim to be. Parents should try and make a habit of reading food labels to reduce the risk. If healthy eating habits are not instilled at an early age, then this could result in your children developing chronic diseases during their adult years.
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