Kids at schools involved in Fresh Tastes are learning how to make healthier food and drink choices to create good habits for life. Their school might be focusing on the Classroom Learning action area of Fresh Tastes where they’ll be learning about the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating through the Food&ME resources. Or their school might be focusing on the Food For Sale action area to ensure there are healthy choices available from their school canteen, and at school events and fundraisers.
To find out more about what your child is learning at school and continue the learning at home, check out the useful resources below.
Useful resources for home
Food Switch App: download this app to help you choose healthier packaged foods. Watch the ‘Make a healthier switch’ video where the little experts will show you how to use it.
Eat for Health: all the information you need to know about the Australian Dietary Guidelines, including tips for eating well and posters, brochures and fridge magnets you can order for home.
Good Habits for Life: quick and easy recipes along with handy tools such as weekly meal and shopping planners and seasonal fruit and vegie guides.
Nutrition Australia ACT: check this out for resources about every nutrition topic and there are lots of easy recipes to try.
National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines - Quick reference guide: does your school use the Traffic Light System to classify foods for sale in the canteen? This quick reference guide will help you understand what green, amber and red foods are.
Victorian Aboriginal Community: range of nutrition resources for the Victorian Aboriginal Community, including tip sheets and cards to choose healthy when grocery shopping.
Healthy Eating Hub: local nutrition service and their website has free resources, recipes, videos and more.
Heart Foundation: plenty of heart healthy recipes and more information about specific key nutrients for heart health.
Ideas for getting involved at school
If you child’s school is focusing on Classroom Learning:
Quiz your child about the five food groups or ask them ‘Can you teach me something about healthy eating?’
Keep an eye out for school performances featuring the Nutrition Magician or Mr Tim & the Food Detective. Go along to watch the shows with your kids.
If you child’s school is focusing on Food for Sale:
Ask if you can help prepare healthy food in the canteen or for a school event.
Familiarise yourself with the Traffic Light System so you can help your child pick healthier choices for their lunch order.
Complete the I’m Alert online food safety training if you’re planning on volunteering to cook and sell food at your child’s school.