• Length:
    3 Weeks
  • Effort:
    2–3 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

None

About this course

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What is healthy eating? Where does our food come from? What is sustainable eating? Food for Kids: Discovering Healthy Eating will help answer these questions and more.

Eating healthy foods every day helps you to grow, to have a healthy body and to feel well. As a child, you need different amounts of food and nutrients at different stages of growth. In this course, you will explore what is in food, how your body uses food to grow and be active, and how much you need to stay healthy. You will also use interesting examples from science to investigate tastes and flavours, how food is digested and growing and cooking food.

There is so much advertising for unhealthy food that it can be very hard to work out what to believe. This course will also teach you how to check health information, how to create your own healthy eating plans and contribute to a healthy planet. Join us in this three-week course to discover more about healthy eating.

What you'll learn

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  • What is in food and how it is digested in the body
  • The healthy eating guidelines and how to identify healthy food and drink choices
  • How to understand food advertising and marketing, and how to create health messages
  • How healthy eating habits contribute to your wellbeing
  • About reducing food waste and being part of a healthy community.

Week 1 – What’s in Food?

  • Why do we need food?
  • How do we taste food?
  • What are nutrition-based guidelines?
  • What foods do we need more of, what do we need less of?
  • Are vitamins good for us?

Week 2 – Food Labels and Health Messages

  • Understanding advertising and slogans
  • How do we identify accurate information?
  • How do health messages influence decisions about food?
  • Food in my family, culture and community

Week 3 – Fun Food Science

  • Where does our food come from?
  • How do we grow our food?
  • How is food part of a healthy planet?
  • Healthy recipes for kids

Meet your instructors

Clare E. Collins
Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics
University of Newcastle
Tracy Burrows
Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics
University of Newcastle

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Frequently asked questions

Question: Is this course suitable for children ?

Answer: Yes this course is suitable for children who can read (ages 6+). It is targeted at primary school children, but any child or adult can complete this course.

This course has been modelled on the Australian educational curriculum in parallel with expert information from world leading nutrition experts.