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Food and nutrition website links

The following websites are useful for those interested in food and nutrition or looking for resources to support food and nutrition education in Queensland schools.
In addition it is worth investigating websites of various food companies for information about specific foods and food groups.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is the Commonwealth’s food guide for Australia to use as a nutrition education and information tool. It provides information regarding the amounts and kinds of food required to enjoy good health and wellbeing.

The site contains:

These support materials can be downloaded from the site or hard copies ordered from the site.

Cancer Council Australia
Go to the ‘Nutrition and physical activity’ section of the ‘Cancer smart lifestyle’ tab for information and advice about diet and cancer, including body weight.
Go to the ‘Policy and Publications’ tab for the National Cancer Prevention Policy, which is published every three years and includes a chapter on nutrition.

Cancer Council Queensland

Go to the ‘Nutrition and physical activity section of the ‘Prevention’ tab for advice on a healthy diet, including a downloadable brochure ‘Healthy eating and physical activity—to reduce your risk of cancer’.

Dietary Guidelines for Australians
Go to this site for publications about the dietary guidelines for Australians:

  •  Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults
  •  Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia incorporating the Infant Feeding Guidelines for Health Workers.

The site also has publications that summarise the guidelines and, in most cases, present the information in a student-friendly format:

Hard copies of some materials can be ordered from the site.

Eat Well Be Active
The ‘Eat well’ tab of this Queensland government site provides

  •  a simple quiz to find out how well you eat
  •  a chart to show how much food to eat in accordance with age, size, gender and level of physical activity
  •  ‘eat well’ tips
  •  recipes for ‘Go for 2&5’ (fruit and vegetables)
  •  ideas for healthy cooking
  •  fact sheets
  •  links to nutrition resources.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
Go to this site for:

  •  the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
  •  fact sheets and brochures (e.g. food safety, nutrition, food labelling etc)
  •  posters (e.g. food labelling)
  •  a series of videos on food safety that can be viewed online.

Go for 2&5 (Fruit and vegetables)
The ‘Go for 2&5’ website has information, programs, projects, recipes and ‘kids only’ activities, challenges and recipes to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Healthy and Active Australia
This Commonwealth government site provides information to promote healthy lifestyles, with a focus on nutrition and physical activity. It includes current initiatives, government reports—for example, those from the National Obesity Task Force—and nutrition recommendations and guidelines.

Healthy schools (Nutrition page)
The ‘Nutrition’ page of this Queensland Health site provides links to a number of useful resources, fact sheets and other websites.

Healthy schools (Health Promoting Schools page)
This page of the Queensland government site provides an understanding of the health promoting schools approach, practical ideas and tools for implementing the approach in your own school, and the motivation to use the approach to make you school the best possible place to learn, work and play. The Toolbox is made up of 10 separate booklets which can be downloaded from the site.

Healthy weight
Part of the Commonwealth’s ‘Healthy and Active Australia’ site, this site provides healthy eating tips and information on how physical activity and nutrition can help achieve and maintain healthy weight, with information about The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the Australian dietary guidelines, including a chart of the nutritional characteristics of each of the five food groups.

Try the ‘Teachers and childcare’ tab for teaching resources and practical suggestions on how schools can build good nutrition into daily activities. There are links to videos, websites and a range of ICT activities that promote healthy eating and positive body image.

Heart Foundation

  •  Go to the ‘You and your heart’ tab for an extensive range of information sheets on cardiovascular conditions.
  •  Go to the ‘Healthy eating’ tab to find detailed information on healthy weight, food and nutrition facts, fats and cholesterol, food labels and the Heart Foundation Tick.
  •  Try the ‘Information for Professionals’ tab for tips, fact sheets, recipes, case studies and assessment criteria and information about the Tick program.

National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey
This Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing site provides the full report of the main findings of the 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, along with a fact sheet that summarises the main findings. It also gives information on the 2011/12 Australian Health Survey that commenced in March 2011.

Nutrition Australia
The site contains fact sheets, recipes, publications and other resources available for purchase.

Smart Choices—Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools 
This site contains information about the Queensland strategy regarding the nutritional value of foods and drinks supplied at schools—for example, at tuckshops, vending machines, school camps, fundraising etc. and includes a toolkit for implementing the strategy, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, posters, and a PowerPoint presentation for school communities.

Teaching Resources
This website has been provided to collect together resources which can be used and adapted by teachers and trainees within schools. All resources have been provided willingly and free of charge by the original creators so we can build a wide selection of helpful material.

World Health Organisation—Nutrition
Go to this website for information on health issues on a global scale. The ‘Nutrition’ page of the Health Topics provides information about nutrition on a global scale, including a number of global issues and policies and programs in different countries.