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How to help your child make healthy food choices

2-8 years

How do you get children to make healthy food choices? These four short videos show how shopping for healthy food together and involving your child in preparing lunch boxes and meals can help set up lifelong healthy eating habits from your child’s early years.

Shopping for healthy food with children


Choosing and buying healthy food with children gives them a good foundation for making healthy food choices throughout life. See how as the family in this video takes us fresh food shopping and shows how to get children involved.


Preparing healthy lunch boxes together


Watch this family make healthy food for school lunch boxes together. Children choose healthy fillings then make sandwiches. They use leftover vegies for snacks. Doing lunches is a chance for children to learn about healthy food choices.


Preparing lunch boxes together before school


Making lunches before school can run smoothly – even with three kids in the kitchen! Children are more likely to eat good food and make healthy food choices when they’re involved in getting food ready, as this video on healthy lunch boxes shows.


Making dinner and involving your child


Even young children can help get dinner ready. The parents in this video give their daughters jobs as part of preparing an evening meal. The children learn about cooking healthy food, and the family spends time together at mealtime.

Explore other parts of our Getting Kids into Healthy Food video guide for more tips and ideas about how to make healthy food quick, easy and a fun part of family life.

Useful websites

Lunch box ideas
Healthy Kids – Lunch box ideas
This NSW Government website has information to help you make healthy food choices for your family. On this page you can find lunch box ideas and tips for packing lunch boxes, to make sure that your kids’ school lunches get eaten.

Parents’ Voice – Healthy lunch box
Parents’ Voice is an online network of people interested in helping Australian children eat more healthy food and do more physical activity. This page has ideas for healthy school lunches, including tips on preparing food and saving time.

Healthy eating tips and ideas
Department of Health and Human Services – Resources for parents
The Physical Activity and Community Nutrition Unit of Tasmania’s Department of Health and Human Services, provides display kits, information and handouts for parents on lunchbox ideas, healthy snacks, healthy drinks and more.

Eat for Health – How to add variety to your diet
The eatforhealth.gov.au website explains the latest Australian Dietary Guidelines. On this page, you can read tips for adding variety to family food.

Healthy Kids – Parents and carers
In this section of the Healthy Kids website you can find information to help you make healthy food choices for your family, including five ways to a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity and nutrition guidelines.

Heart Foundation – Healthy eating
The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to saving lives by making a difference to the heart health of all Australians. This healthy eating page links to food and nutrition facts, tips and advice for families.

Australian dietary guidelines
National Health and Medical Research Council – Healthy eating for children
This Australian Government publication takes you through the Australian Dietary Guidelines relevant to children. The Guidelines provide up-to-date advice about the amount and kinds of food that we need for health and wellbeing.

Shopping with your child
Parents’ Voice – Pester power
Most parents learn to say no when children pester for the unhealthy food they see at supermarket checkouts. But it’s hard to say no all the time. Parents’ Voice has lots of tips to help you tackle pester power in the supermarket.

Canteens, tuckshops and healthy schools
Parents’ Voice – Healthy schools
The Healthy Schools section of the Parents’ Voice website has tips, tools and templates for you to use if you want to campaign for healthy food choices in your school canteen. There are also healthy fundraising ideas.


How to encourage healthy eating

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