The Dietologists in Australia (DGCA) Guidelines for Children and Adolescents recommends that for best healthy children should enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods. This means eating different food types. Variety also refers to choosing a range of food from within each food group, particularly from the plan- based food groups (Fruit, Vegetables and Legumes and Breads and Cereals).
The AGHE is a guide to the amounts and types of food that are necessary to get enough of the nutrients needed for good health and wellbeing. The AGHE is divided into five food groups that provide important nutrients the body needs. These are referred to as everyday foods and are:
Breads and cereals are good sources of fibre, carbohydrates, protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals. Most importantly, this group should form the main source of energy in the diet. How many serves of breads and cereals do the children need to eat? For children, offer a variety of types of breads and cereals each day – rice, oats, wheat and corn. Try to include wholegrain products. Why is it important for children to eat breads and cereals?
Vegetables are very high in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A is offered in many vegetables. Nutrients are good for our bodies, because they can fight off bacteria and diseases. Vegetables are also low in fat and high in fiber. They are good sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Why is it important for children to eat vegetables and legumes?
Fruit are good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants; Prevent vitamin deficiencies; Prevent obesity; Reduce cholesterol levels; Reduce blood pressure; Improve blood glucose control; Why is important for children to eat fruit ?
Help prevent cancer and slow cancer growth; Protect against: cardiovascular disease; type 2 diabetes; cataracts ; Fruit are full of phytochemicals, which can :
Calcium ( milk is a the source); Decreases the risk of kidney stones; Lowers the risk of breast cancer; Helps to keep teeth for a lifetime; The prime way to stay out of a wheelchair ; Why is important for children to eat milk ?
Meat is an excellent source of protein, iron, zinc and B group vitamins. Vitamins B provide the body with energy, aids the brain in tasks which require concentration and help the body to manage stress. The protein in meat is essential for both gaining and maintaining muscles. Why is important for children to eat meats ?
Monday Beef Hamburger with cheese sauce, pizza, juice Tuesday Chicken salad wraps, fried rice, juice Wednesday Fish burgers, Low fat pie, juice Thursday Noodles (beef or vegetables), salads, juice Friday Lasagne (beef or vegetarian), chicken Burger, milk, juice Daily school menu:
Children in their own or with help of parents collect its so-called lunch boxes. They consist of some sandwiches, fruit and any drink (milk or juice). Lunch boxes
Foreign associations, which promote healthy nutrition
These organizations promote healthy nutrition not among children but also adults. They conduct various interviews with parents and children, hand out brochures, show videos and presentations. The staff of these organizations are trying to encourage people more serous about their health.