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New themes and course structure for our Kids Nutrition Workshop

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Time flies and its time to plan for the vacation care program for the upcoming summer vacation. We've renamed our Kids Cooking Workshop to Kids Nutrition Workshop to better reflect the nutritional focus of the workshop.

 

Some of the vacation/after school care providers that we partnered with have ordered several workshops with us so we can deliver a series of nutrition workshops to the kids over a number of weeks and at the last workshop we can run the Ready, Steady...Cook workshop which was designed to quiz the kids on what they have learnt in the previous workshops or their prior knowledge on nutrition.

Check out our in-school Kids Nutrition Workshop for a suggested course plan and download a copy of the additional themes.:)

 

thanks for visiting us at the Learning Difference Convention

Posted on November 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks for those who came to visit us at the Learning Difference Convention at the Sydney Darling Harbour Convention Centre.  It was great meeting parents and teachers.  

Learning Difference Convention

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We will be exhibiting at the Learning Difference Convention at the Sydney Darling Harbour this Friday and Saturday.  The convention is about dyslexia and to read more about the convention go to www.LearningDifferenceConvention.com


Kids Cooking Workshop - Fat: The Good, the bad and the ugly

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

At this afternoon's workshop, we discussed the various types of fats with the children from Ultimo primary school who were very excited to learn about dietary fats.  Our dietitian, Victoria, explained to the children why they need to include fat in their diet, what type of fats is best for them and how much fat are contained in the food they normally eat.  The kids enjoyed making tuna, veggie pasta salad AND EATING it too.  After all the "hard" work of slicing the cucumber, peeling and grating the carrot, cutting the corn kernels off the corn cob, they can enjoy their own creation.  At first, they thought it would taste bland (as it was made without salt and mayo etc), but once they tasted the fresh veggie particularly the corn kernels they cut off from the cob themselves the plates were polished off pretty quickly.  I hope with more "training" their palate will accept low salt food more.:)

How to get children to say No to junk food?

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

We live in an obesogenic environment...energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods & drinks are heavily marketed and are readily available to most of us. I have heard analogy that went as far to compare us with the Hunter-gather era only that nowadays we are being hunt by junk foods!

So how do we motivate children to make healthy food choices (without yelling NO to them at supermarkets)? Well, you can bribe them with money or other forms of reward, but that would not be as powerful and long lasting if it comes from themselves. I believe education is the key to build up their intrinsic motivation to make healthy food choices. Just like any health issues, it is likely to involve long term commitment. It all comes down to whether we can be as persistent and pervasive as those junk food advertisements? I mean, they are everywhere all the times, but how often are children “bombarded” with healthy eating messages the same way they are with those advertisements?

As parents, we may need to stress how nutrition affect their life. Get them involved in food shopping and cooking or even growing their own vegetables. Be a role model to them and explain why junk food consumption should be limited.

I do believe we need to actively fight this obesogenic environment and we need to equip our kids with food literacy and basic cooking skills so that they have the confidence to prepare simple healthy foods and not to fall into the traps of FAD diets. Therefore, we created a series of Kids Cooking Workshop each with specific nutrition topic to promote healthy eating to children at an affordable price. Our aim is to spread the healthy eating message to as many children as possible and by setting it at a low price we can include more families.

Childhood is when eating habits are established, so let us make sure they get it right from the start.

Kids Cooking Workshop - Ready, Steady...Cooking

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week we ran the "Ready, Steady...Cook" kids cooking workshop at Paddington Primary School and the kids had so much fun. Our dietitians, Erin and Chicco, talk the kids through the Australian guide to Healthy Eating explaining to them the importance of eating enough foods from the 5 food groups and the meaning of Discretionary Foods. The kids were very inquisitive and asked a lot of questions during the nutrition talk and were very eager and excited to make their own lunch using foods from the food groups. They made chickpea salad and tuna rice paper salad roll which they all enjoyed eating.:)




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