nutrition education in Australian schools Tag

The primary driver for writing The Healthy Harvest was to educate children about healthy eating and where food comes from. To achieve this I wanted the book to not only be educational, but fun, so children can enjoy the topic of nutrition and it’s relevance to every day life. As a children's nutrition book, I wanted it to not only belong in homes, but also schools. In 2014 ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) implemented the Australian Curriculum in all states and territories of Australia for Foundation through to year 10. I spent countless hours reviewing the curriculum to identify where a resource like The Healthy Harvest best fits. In Australia, nutrition education is not a compulsory component of the new Australian Curriculum. It shows as a minor section in the Health and Physical Education component but the discretion lies with the teacher as to whether it is necessary to teach and what exactly is covered.   The Healthy Harvest is extremely well aligned with the Content Descriptions of the curriculum in the Health and Physical Education learning component for Foundation through to Year 6. The Healthy Harvest is applicable as a learning and education resource in the following learning areas: - Foundation...

There are three major reasons that prompted me to write "The Healthy Harvest", and why I believe it is important that every child and their parent/s should read it (and not just because I am biased!!)   I am a mother of two children and passionate about their health and well-being, now and in the future. The distinct lack of awareness in children about where food comes from. The escalating levels of overweight and obesity in children.   Where Does Our Food Come From? Well, surprisingly this is a question that many school children cannot answer correctly. A study provided by the Australian Council for Educational Research (2012) found that 27% of year 6 children believe yoghurt is a plant product. A further study commissioned by Woolworths supermarkets surveyed 1,600 Australian children aged 6 to 17 years, and a staggering 92% didn’t know bananas grow on trees, and 70% didn’t know where sugar came from (Woolworths 2014). I strongly believe that if children are to have a healthy relationship with good nutritious food, and a desire to eat this food, they need to be able to form a connection with the food they are eating and where it comes from. Is it grown from a plant or animal...

Welcome to Edible Education! I guess you are reading this blog because you are either interested in children's nutrition, improving nutrition education in your children, or you are a friend or family member that feels obliged to support me ;) Hello to all! Firstly, lets meet. My name is Emma. I am a university-qualified nutritionist, I am an author, I am a fitness freak (there is nothing a good run wont fix!), I love eating good food and drinking nice wine, I love a good coffee (large skinny latte with 1 sugar to be exact - as my son can proudly recite at our local café!), I love travelling and spending time with friends, I love reading trashy books, I love date nights with my husband and I love having ‘milkshake dates’ with my kids. However, above all, I am a wife and a mother of two beautiful and busy children aged 5 and 2 ½! Edible Education has organically grown after I started writing my first book The Healthy Harvest. The book came before the business, and my course (Master of Human Nutrition) came before the book. Thrown into the mix were children, a couple of international moves and a husband who...