The contribution made by teachers promoting a good health message is immeasurable. Teachers have unparalleled opportunities to enhance health literacy and competency and channel vital information to families. Articles contained within the teachers' section of the website aim to provide fresh ideas for discussion and debate within school communities, about the best ways to improve student understanding of the essentials for good health and fitness.
All articles aim to promote the following federal government recommendations on childhood health and nutrition:
- Children need at least 60 minutes per day (up to several hours) in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
- Children should eat a variety of healthy foods including seven serves of fruit and vegetables every day.
- Children should not spend more than two hours per day using electronic media for entertainment.
The number of serves of fruit and vegetables we should eat on an average day depends on body size and activity level. For children the minimum number of serves as recommended by the NHMRC based on age is as follows:
- 4-7 years: 2 serves of vegetables & 1 serve of fruit
- 8-11 years: 3 serves of vegetables & 1 serve of fruit
- 12-18 years: 4 serves of vegetables & 3 serves of fruit