Childhood is a time of great discoveries and constant learning, when personalities are shaped and lifelong habits formed. It’s also the most intense period of mental development and physical growth in a person’s life, and requires proper nourishment in order for a child to thrive.
Sadly, many of our kids aren’t getting enough of what they need and too much of what they don’t need. As a result, 26% of Australian children between the ages of 5 and 14 are classified as overweight or obese. It’s a complex issue with many possible answers, but one of the simplest ways to address it right now is through better nutrition for kids and health education in our schools.
We custom design all our school programs to suit the needs and health issues of each individual school. By introducing nutrition programs at your school, you’ll help create a healthier culture across the entire school, and the many families involved. Some of the topics we can speak about include:
There have been numerous studies done on the association between a poor diet and student behaviour, cognitive development and performance at school. We work with students of all ages and year groups to educate them on a range of benefits of healthy eating including better grades at school. Our workshops are full of laughter, fun and activities to optimise the level of engagement and success with each group. We come armed with resources to get your students learning through doing, and our programs have a long term positive impact on not only the students but their families and whole school communities.
Good nutrition starts at home and many parents are confused about the myriad of healthy eating messages they see in the media every day. And, if you ask most parents, the one issue that frustrates them more than any other is fussy eating and what to feed their children. We help to cut through the confusion and provide clear and concise information to empower parents to have the confidence to nourish their whole family in a time and budget friendly way.
Occupational stress and burnout is increasingly common amongst those working in teaching and education with many finding it increasingly difficult to remain on top of their job. Stress is a very subjective experience and one that has a strong link to the digestive system. The hormones produced during extended times of stress use more of certain nutrients which can put our bodies out of balance and can have a long-term effect on health if left untreated.
Our staff workshops address the topic of stress in the workplace and offer solutions and strategies through practical and easy to follow information. Making a few small changes to the way staff shop, cook and eat can help support their bodies in times of stress to minimise the long term effect it has on their mental and physical health.
Many schools understand the importance of healthy eating amongst their students but are confused about which foods meet the criteria for being healthy and which food fits in to which category.
Nutrition Force conducts canteen reviews that will help to sort out the good from the bad and everything in between.