Giving children a healthy start sets them up for life!  Here you will find key information about eating and physical activity for raising healthy Tasmanian kids.

Link to information for mumsLink to information on babiesLink to information on early childhood 1-5 years

Link to information on School Aged ChildrenLink to information on young peopleLink to the National Dietary Guidelines

Healthy Kids Resources

Start Them Right- A parent's guide to eating for under 5s
An easy read guide on how and what to feed your child from birth to five years.

The Being Active Matters booklet
Parent's guide to movement in the early years with practical and fun activity ideas.

Health on the Shelf
A selection of story books for children from the LINC about food, culture and living well which you can borrow for free.

Healthy Kids Partners

Link to the Healthy Tasmania portal

Link to Move Well Eat Well website

Link to the Tasmanian School Canteen Association website

Link to the Family Food Patch website

Latest News

  • War on Food Waste 01 Jun 2018

    Do you worry about wasting food in your house? Do you stick with the same foods? Do you avoid trying new foods and recipes in case your kids do not like them and the food ends up in the bin? While it is good to be mindful of food waste, it is important that young children have chances to try a variety of foods. This helps them build their eating skills and confidence to be a more adventurous eater. For some children they need the chance to try a new food many times before they eat it. Here are some practical ideas to do this while limiting food waste. Read more

  • Lunchbox Basics 01 Jun 2018

    Do you feel lunchboxes are the worst thing about the school year? Do you feel pressured to pack those Instagram worthy gourmet delights or fear judgment from your child’s teacher or other parents about what you pack for your child?

    Here are the basics on packing a lunchbox for your child. Read more

  • Healthy Toilet Habits 01 Jun 2018

    Did you know healthy bowel habits don’t have to mean being “regular” in babies and children? There is no normal pattern. All babies and children are different. How often and the time of day they pass a poo can vary from day to day. Bowel habits also change over time. As children grow, how much they drink, what they eat and how active they are all play a role. So what can you do to help keep bowel habits healthy? And when might you worry? Read more

  • Waste Free Lunchboxes 01 Jun 2018

    How do you pack a waste free lunchbox? This means only using material, which can be composted, recycled or reused to pack lunches. No plastic wrap, zip lock bags and pre-packaged foods. Nothing ends up in the garbage bin and you won’t be adding to landfill. By doing our bit to help the environment we often end up packing foods that are good for us too. Read more

  • Toddler Drinks: Hype or Helpful? 01 Jun 2018

    Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby. During baby’s first 12 months, breast milk is their main source of nutrition. If breastfeeding is not possible use a commercial infant formula until baby turns one. Then switch to full cream milk from a cup. Toddler milk drinks or stage 3 formulas are cow’s milk powder with added flavours, vitamins and other additives. They are not essential for the healthy growth and development of toddlers. While there are many benefits to breastfeeding a child older than 12 months, this is not the case for formula feeding. Read more