Posted on 8 July 2021
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Dairy is an important part of a child’s diet as it aids in healthy growth and development. Milk, cheese and yoghurt provide calcium in a readily absorbable and convenient form which is crucial for strong bones and teeth. They are also a good source of other nutrients including protein, vitamins A...

Posted on 8 July 2021
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Do you avoid reduced fat or skim milk in your early childhood service because of the sugar content? Did you know there’s no added sugar in reduced fat milk? The sugar content is comparable to plain, regular full cream milk. Plain milk (full cream, reduced fat and skim) only contains one...

Posted on 27 May 2021
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Did you know that 2021 is the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables? This is the perfect time to consider how your service is promoting healthy eating and oral health. There’s help out there to get you started! When it comes to helping children reach their fullest potential healthy...

Posted on 16 April 2021
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Following the public announcement of the Nutritious, high quality and local food for Victorian public hospitals and aged care, a new healthy food and drink policy directive for health service retail and vending was announced by the Government on 12 April 2021.  This new...

Posted on 7 April 2021
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The environments in which we live, work, learn, and play are key drivers of the types of food and drink we consume. In many situations we are surrounded by unhealthy food and drinks and this is a key driver of poor diet - a risk factor for obesity, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and...

Getting management on board
Posted on 22 March 2021
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Having management’s support is crucial to successfully implement the Healthy Choices guidelines. Need some advice on how to approach yours? The Healthy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS) has launched free online training about how to engage management and gain their support for implementing...

Posted on 10 February 2021
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Additional information and criteria have been added to the Victorian Government's Healthy Choices guidelines. These additions will make it easier for you to assess whether the foods and drinks you supply are classified GREEN, AMBER or RED. All of the additions are evidence-based and reflect...

Posted on 28 October 2020
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Are you looking for tried and tested Healthy Choices GREEN (Best Choice) recipes to use in your organisation’s menus?   We have a fantastic new FREE resource for you!  Western District Health Service (WDHS) has compiled over 150 recipes that have been...

Posted on 1 October 2020
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We are excited to release a series of new resources on introducing children to new foods in early childhood settings.  These resources provide educators with simple and practical tips on dealing with ‘fussy eaters’ and explain how to introduce healthy foods in fun and...