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What’s a serve of vegetables?
For children aged five and older, a serve
of vegetables is equivalent to half a cup
of cooked vegetables or legumes or one
medium potato or one cup of salad.
What ’s wrong with saturated fat?
Saturated fat raises cholesterol, which
forms fatty plaques in blood vessels of
the heart, increasing the risk of heart
attack and stroke. The build up of
fatty plaques begins in childhood, so
limited saturated fat in childhood is
breakfast cereal and sugar
A study of high-sugar and low-
sugar breakfast cereals by Jennifer
Harris and colleagues published in
Pediatrics has found that high-sugar
cereals increase children’s total sugar
consumption and reduce the overall
nutritional quality of their breakfast.
The good news is that children eating
low-sugar cereal are more likely to
put fruit on their cereal than are high-
sugar cereal eaters – 54 per cent versus
eight per cent – and consume a greater
portion of total calories from fresh
fruit – 20 per cent versus 13 per cent.
Jennifer L. Harris, Marlene B.
Schwartz, Amy Ustjanauskas,
Punam Ohri-Vachaspati and Kelly
D. Brownell. (2011). Effects of
serving high-sugar cereals on chil-
dren’s breakfast-eating behaviour.
Pediatrics. 127: 71-76 .
by giving priority to and supporting pro-
grams that make the healthy choice the
easier choice. I ndeed, it may be informative
for both you and your students to audit your
school environ ment to identify any barriers
to healthy behaviours – a nd come up with
strategies to overcome them. T
Dr Nadia Corsini is a research scientist
at CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences
in Adelaide and co-author of the CSIRO
Wellbeing Plan for Kids.
The CSIRO Wellbeing Plan for Kids is
available from all good book stores, RRP
For further information on The CSIRO
Wellbeing Plan for Kids, visit www.csiro.
For further information on the Australian
National Children’s Nutrition and
Physical Activity Survey, visit www.
health.gov.au and search children’s survey.
The New South Wales Department
of Education and Training and the
Victorian Department of Education and
Early Childhood Development provide
a range of resources for school canteens.
In NSW, visit www.schools.nsw.edu.
schoolcanteen /index.php In Victoria,
visit www.education .vic.gov.au/man-
teen/default.htm For Victoria’s ‘Go for
your life’ Healthy Canteen Kit, visit
The NSW Department of Sport and
Recreation Healthy Kids website provides
support materials for schools. Visit www.
Queensland Department of Education
and Training Smart Choices – Healthy
Food and Drink Supply Strategy pro-
vides support for schools. Visit http://
food-drink-strategy.html for more on the
strategy and for a DET and Queensland
The South Australian Department of
Education and Children’s Services pro-
vides a range of healthy eating and physi-
cal activity programs through the Right
Bite strategy developed from the Eat Well
SA Healthy Eating Guidelines for Schools
and Preschools. Visit www.decs.sa.gov.
The Western Australian Department
of Education and Training provides
support for schools on healthy food and
drink choices in schools. Visit www.det.
choices_in _ the_classroom.pdf The
WA School Canteen Association also
has a Star Choice Registered Products
database to help schools identify healthy
food products. Visit www.waschool-
For the Northern Territory Department
of Education and Training can-
teen, nutrition and healthy eat-
ing policy, visit www.det.n t.gov.
For the Australian Capital Territory
Department of Education and
Training school canteen policy,
visit www.det.act.gov.au/_ _data/
edited_2010-01-15 _2 .pdf
The Tasmanian School Canteen
Association funded by the Tasmanian
Department of Health and Human
Service and the Department of
Education provides a range of support
products and services. Visit
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