Want to know how to make broccoli disappear? These three short videos show how making food fun can get kids into healthy eating and healthy food. Other top tips include eating well yourself, sharing mealtimes with kids and modelling good food choices.

Setting a good example by eating healthy food yourself


‘Children see what you do, and also want to do what you do’, says one of the parents in this video. The couple featured here explain that getting children into healthy eating is mostly about eating healthily yourself.


Sharing healthy snacks with children


Grapes for me, grapes for you. In this video, Mum leads by example as she and her two daughters have healthy snacks after school. It’s a chance to spend some time together and talk about their favourite fruit – and it’s helping set up healthy eating habits for life.


Making healthy foods fun


The father in this video finds that turning food into something ‘precious’ can make healthy eating fun. Watch how these children love eating broccoli after Dad says, ‘It’s only for grown-ups!’.

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
Tasmanian Government 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.


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