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Tips to help you eat well

This collection of handy tips will help you and your family enjoy better eating habits. But don’t forget to also check out our ‘Good Habits’ recipes, as well as challenges to keep your family motivated.


  • Would you eat 10 teaspoons of sugar in one go? That's how much sugar is in a regular can of soft drink with about 6 teaspoons in a fruit juice box. Replace one sugary drink per day with a glass of tap water.

  • It's not always easy but try to eat healthy foods in front of your kids - because they learn by doing what you do. Visit ACT Health's Women, Youth and Children Nutrition Service for more information. 

  • Try your best to avoid using rewards (such as dessert) to encourage your child to eat. Instead, praise your child with words (or maybe the promise of kicking a ball outside) when they try something new.

  • Tap water and milk are the best drinks. Tap water provides fluoride to help protect from tooth decay while milk is a good source of calcium, which is important for healthy bones and teeth. You can use low fat dairy products if your child is 2 years and over.

  • Children can enjoy buffet style meals. It gives them independence and helps them to choose foods that match their food preferences and appetite. Place all the toppings on the table and allow family members to prepare their own Fajitas.