Nutrition and Healthy Eating
This page contains a list of publications about nutrition.
- For consumers and nutrition educators
- For nutrition educators and health professionals
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For consumers and nutrition educators
Eat for Health Program - Australian Dietary GuidelinesThe Australian Dietary Guidelines are a joint initiative between the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Health and Ageing. They provide recommendations (based on the latest scientific evidence) on how to eat a healthy diet which can improve the health of Australians and reduce the burden of preventable diet-related death, illness and disability.
The guidelines apply to all healthy Australians from the age of 6 months through to 70 years of age, as well as those with common health conditions such as being overweight. They do not apply to people who need special dietary advice for a medical condition, or to the frail elderly.
The Guidelines were recently reviewed and revised advice was issued on 18 February 2013. Information relating to the review, plus the guidelines associated resources and additional information can be found at: Eat for Health website.
Australian Dietary Guidelines
Publication number: N55
The Australian Dietary Guidelines 1 – 5There are five principal recommendations featured in the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Each Guideline is considered to be equally important in terms of public health outcomes.
Guideline 1To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs
- Children and adolescents should eat sufficient nutritious foods to grow and develop normally. They should be physically active every day and their growth should be checked regularly.
- Older people should eat nutritious foods and keep physically active to help maintain muscle strength and a healthy weight.
Guideline 2Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from these five groups every day:
- Plenty of vegetables, including different types and colours, and legumes/beans
- Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties, such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley
- Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
- Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives, mostly reduced fat (reduced fat milks are not suitable for children under the age of 2 years)
Guideline 3Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol
a. Limit intake of foods high in saturated fat such as many biscuits, cakes, pastries, pies, processed meats, commercial burgers, pizza, fried foods, potato chips, crisps and other savoury snacks.
- Replace high fat foods which contain predominantly saturated fats such as butter, cream, cooking margarine, coconut and palm oil with foods which contain predominantly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats such as oils, spreads, nut butters/pastes and avocado.
- Low fat diets are not suitable for children under the age of 2 years.
- Read labels to choose lower sodium options among similar foods.
- Do not add salt to foods in cooking or at the table.
d. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit intake. For women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
Guideline 4Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding
Guideline 5Care for your food; prepare and store it safely
Australian Guide to Healthy EatingThe Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a food selection guide which visually represents the proportion of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day.
The Plate Image - Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (yet to add the jpg)
Publication number: N55M (A3 folded to A4)
Publications :Get Up & Grow: Health Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood resources
These resources have been developed to support early childhood education and care settings (centre based care, family day care and preschools) to implement the healthy eating and physical activity guidelines.
Eat for Health: Australian Guide to Healthy Eating – Poster (2013)
(A3 folded to A4)
Publication number: N55I
This poster illustrates on a plate the proportions of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day.
Eat for Health: Australian Dietary Guidelines Summary Booklet (2013) – for consumers
Publication number: N55A
This booklet has been developed to assist consumers to understand the guidelines and how to apply them and choose a healthy diet using a variety of foods. The booklet includes practical information on serve sizes and recommended number of serves for each food group depending on age, gender and activity level, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Eat for Health: Educator Guide (2013) – for health professionals
Publication number: N55B
The booklet has been written for people who educate others about eating for good health, including health professionals – such as dietitians, nutritionists, GPs and health care nurses; public health educators; plus TAFE and university lecturers.
Eat for Health Brochures (2013) – for consumers :
- Australian Guide to Healthy Eating – Fridge Magnet (2013) (available for order)
Eat for Health websiteAdditional consumer friendly information can be found on the Eat for Health website, information includes:
- How to understand and apply the dietary guidelines;
- Serve size information available for all age groups from 6 months of age;
- Calculator to work out your daily energy needs, nutrient requirements, and number of serves from each of the five food groups;
- Food balance game for children;
- Tips for eating well and how to apply the guidelines into every day eating;
- Meal planning and recipes;
- Healthy eating through life; and
- Frequently asked questions.
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For nutrition educators and health professionals
Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand including Recommended Dietary IntakesThe Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand including Recommended Dietary Intakes (NRV) is a set of recommendations for nutritional intake based on currently available scientific knowledge.
More information is available on the NRV website.
Related publications are available to download from the NHMRC website.
National Public Health Partnership’s Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan – Eat Well Australia, 2000-2010
- Eat Well Australia (EWA): an agenda for action in public health nutrition, 2000 - 2010 National Public Health Partnership (2001)
- Eat Well Australia (EWA): a national Strategic Framework for public health nutrition, 2000-2010 National Public Health Partnership (2001) – Strategic summary.
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan, 2000-2010 National Public Health Partnership (2001)
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan: a summary, 2000 -2010 National Public Health Partnership (2001)
Strategies to improve nutrition outcomes in Australia, outlined in Eat Well Australia were consistent with the Food and Nutrition Policy (1992). The Food and Nutrition Policy was based on the principles of good nutrition, sustainability and equity and aimed to improve the health of all Australians and reduce the burden of preventable diet-related death, illness and disability. Strategies that contributed to the implementation of the policy were outlined in the National Food and Nutrition Policy Summary Report (1998).
1995 National Nutrition Survey PublicationsThe last National Nutrition Survey was conducted in conjunction with the National Health Survey in 1995 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Health and Ageing. The results were released between 1997 and 1999.
The results from the 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey are expected to be launched in mid 2008. The first survey of the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey Program is expected to commence in late 2009 and is expected to focus on Australian adults. For further information visit National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey Program.
There are 13 publications available in PDF format below.
- Getting it Right: How to use the data from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey
- Trends in neural tube defects in Australia
- Interim evaluation of the voluntary folate fortification policy
- Key food and nutrition data for Australia 1990-1999
- The Bridging Study - comparing results from 1983, 1985 and 1995 national nutrition surveys
- Comparable data on food and nutrient intake and physical measurements from the 1983, 1985 and 1995 national nutrition surveys
- Evaluation of short dietary questions from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey
- Comparison of short questions with weighed dietary records
- Cancer costs in Australia - the potential impact of dietary change
- Type 2 Diabetes costs in Australia - the potential impact of changes in diet, physical activity and levels of obesity
- Standard methods for the collection and collation of anthropometric data in children
- Towards a National System for Monitoring breastfeeding in Australia: recommendations for population indicators, definitions and next steps
- Monitoring Food Habits in the Australian Population using Short Questions
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