Department of Health
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The Infant Feeding Guidelines and the Australian Dietary Guidelines provide up-to-date advice about the amount and kinds of food we need to eat for health and wellbeing. They are based on the latest scientific evidence. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (pictured right), shows the proportion of the five food groups to aim for every day, and also shows which foods to eat only sometimes or in small amounts.
There are many health benefits of eating well, including:
Very few Tasmanians eat in the way shown by the Australian Guide to Health Eating:
Further, only 4 out of 10 Tasmanian babies are exclusively breastfed at 4 months.6
image source: National Health and Medical Research Council
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015). National Health Survey 2014 - 2015.
4 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015). National Health Survey 2014 - 2015.
5 Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results – Food and Nutrients, 2011-12 – Australia Table 9.1
Generally, to improve what we eat we need to7:
What’s available to help me eat well?
Below we’ve gathered information from credible organisations to help you, your family and community eat well.
shows the proportion of the five food groups recommended to eat each dayVisit link
advice on how to increase fruit and vegetable intake, how to eat in season, recipes and healthy eating tipsVisit link
information about food regulations and standardsVisit link
learn what they mean to help make choices about the food you buyVisit link
advice from the Australian Breastfeeding AssociationVisit link
a collection of key information about eating and physical activity for raising healthy Tasmanian kidsVisit link
a parent’s guide to eating for under 5s, includes information about breastfeeding and infant formulaVisit link
a program that trains and supports volunteer peer educators, to promote eating well and being active for families and communitiesVisit link
advice on how to help children enjoy more 'everyday' foods and less 'sometimes' foodsVisit link
information and ideas to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetablesVisit link
a program to bring older adults together for a nutritious meal and to make new friendsVisit link
information and resources for healthy workplace cateringVisit link
a guide to making vending machine choices healthierVisit link
resources to help Tasmanian secondary schools make healthy choices easy, positive and normal for studentsVisit link
questions and answers to some of the more complex questions about healthy eating asked at schoolVisit link
support school communities to promote and provide a school food service that is nutritious, affordable, safe and where possible, locally sourced and prepared by the school.Visit link