Tips to help you get your family on board.

Chances are your whole family could be more active and eat more healthy food. The last thing you should focus on is your weight. It isn’t a great idea to weigh yourself regularly. Focus instead on eating well and getting enough activity in your day.

There are five simple ways for you and your family to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track:


Get active each day

  • Regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of children and young people.

  • They should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make them ‘huff and puff’.

  • Parents should be good role models and have a positive attitude to being active.

Choose water as a drink

  • Water is the best way to quench your thirst – and it doesn’t come with the added sugar found in fruit juices, soft drinks and other sweetened drinks.

  • Reduced fat milk for children over two is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium.

  • Give kids whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruit juices that have a lot of sugar.

Eat more vegetables and fruit

  • Eating vegetables and fruit every day helps children grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

  • Aim to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day.

  • Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegies in every meal.

Switch off the screen and get active

  • Sedentary or ‘still’ time spent watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to kids becoming overweight or obese.

  • Children and young people should spend no more than two hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment.

  • Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.

Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives

  • Healthy snacks help children and young people meet their daily nutritional needs.

  • Snacks based on vegetables and fruit, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.

  • Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight.

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If you are over 18 you can use the free health coaching and information service.
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If you are between 7 and 13 and above a healthy weight you and your family can attend a free Go4Fun program or PHONE 1800 780 900.