Local kids to put thought into good nutrition


Palmyra Primary School principal Hugh McCrackan (middle) with students, and Ros Sambell and Marcelle Coakley.
Palmyra Primary School principal Hugh McCrackan (middle) with students, and Ros Sambell and Marcelle Coakley.

ASKING children to think about good nutrition at a younger age is the goal behind a new partnership between the AHD Network and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

Aimed at those of childcare-age, the program uses the kitchen garden system to teach children about growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh food in a bid to increase their nutritional awareness and get them eating better food from a younger age.

AHD Network public health nutritionist Ros Sambell said a child’s nutrition during the early years played a big part in how they developed both physically and mentally.

“Research has shown the first 1000 days are life a critical in determine the health outcomes and potentially linked to the cognition ability of a child,” she said.

“We would like to reprioritise food in family lives not just for the health benefits but also the social, environmental, sustainable and mental health benefits offered by pleasurable eating experiences.

“Reignite the enjoyment of food and give children a sense of achievement by showing them how to grow and cook food.

“Involve them in all food literacy processes and offer them healthy choices, teach them to critique fast food advertising and show them the tricks of the trade.”

Visit www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au or www.ahdnetwork.com for more information.