School Seminars

Our nutritionists can help educate students, parents and teachers on diet

Focusing on more than just telling kids what they should eat, our program is designed to relate to children, their current knowledge, current trends and fads and make our presentations relevant, interactive and fun.

Adolescent teenage girls

These sessions endeavour to focus on education around a balanced diet, risks of not having a balanced diet (e.g. nutrient deficiencies) and touch on eating disorders and weight loss.

The misconception of dieting and social influences and peer pressure are common factors that contribute to poor health in adolescent teenage girls.

We endeavour to cover these in such a way that the girls can acknowledge the situation and understand the serious health consequences involved.

The session cover a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

  • What is a balanced diet
    and why is it important
  • How to achieve a balance diet
  • Why do teenage girls not eat a balanced diet
  • Myth busters around some common fad diets
  • Safe weight loss
  • How to balance a vegetarian diet
  • Exploring poor body image
  • Restrictive eating and peer pressure
  • Myth busting eating disorder beliefs
  • How to manage stressful eating around exam times
  • Mindful eating exercise
  • Improving energy levels for study

The girls find this session extremely informative while still being fun and interactive. We believe educating adolescents is fundamental to long term health, particularly while adolescent females are bombarded with social media influences as well as a great deal of peer pressure.

Sports Nutrition Education Program

Young athletes and sports people will learn and develop skills required to eat appropriately to meet their training and competition requirements. The contents of the program are flexible and adapted to the specific sport, age group and number of sessions requested. This program will be held by our sports Dietitian Troy Leggett.

  • Sports Nutrition provides education on:
  • The role of carbohydrates and proteins for fuel and performance
  • Nutrient timing for carbohydrate foods and protein foods
  • Using every-day foods and healthy snacks as part of sports nutrition
  • Nutrition strategies for pre-event, pre-training, post event and recovery
  • Nutrition strategies for competition and sports carnivals
  • Nutrition strategies specific to the sport or training program

Parents/Guardians

Evidence shows that parental/guardian habits and behaviours, both food and lifestyle based, influence that of their children. It is for this exact reason that educating parents/guardians is fundamental to the overall health outcomes of children and adolescents in today’s society. What our parents/guardians should be eating as a balanced diet not only benefits their health and the reduction in chronic disease risk, but also influences the choices of their children?

As caretakers and providers for children, parents/guardians are often faced with media pressures to provide children fast food. Supermarkets so cleverly display their junk foods at children’s eye levels for the pure fact that ‘nagging’ most likely will result in a purchase. The last National Census shows that there is a dramatic increase in the number of double income homes across Australia, inevitably resulting in less time for food preparation, grocery shopping and cooking. This presentation aims to educate parents on:

  • Why parents/guardians diet can effect that of their children
  • What is a balanced diet
  • Why is a balanced diet so important
  • How to get a balanced diet
  • How various foods can effect children’s behavior
  • Dealing with fussy eaters
  • Lunch box ideas for school
  • Affordable, quick meals the whole family can enjoy
  • Interpreting a Nutrition Panel on packet foods
  • How to manage stressful eating
  • Mindful eating exercise

Parents/guardians find this presentation extremely useful, as feeding children a balanced diet without guidance can often be a tedious and challenging task. Parents/guardians will leave armed with the knowledge and skills to ensure their children will be consuming the appropriate foods for their best health outcomes.

Teachers

Teachers have a demanding and intense workload that requires a lot of energy throughout the day. It is important that teachers are aware of how to eat appropriately to avoid an afternoon low, and to ensure they maintain a strong immune system by consuming a balanced healthy diet. Understanding eating patterns that may affect a child’s behaviour may also assist teachers with tools in order to educate children and parents with basic dietary tips. Teachers will be armed with the follow knowledge:

  • What is a balanced diet
  • Why is a balanced diet so important
  • How to get a balanced diet
  • What is energy? What foods provide us with energy
  • What are some common energy drainers
  • Key nutrients and their importance
  • Stress and eating
  • Beating a mid afternoon low
  • How various foods can effect children’s behaviour

This presentation is a quality all around education seminar that will ensure good health for the teachers themselves but also to be aware of foods that could be effecting their students.

VIEW our Nutrition Education Proposal for Schools

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