Professor Clare Collins, world-renowned Professor in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Newcastle Australia, firmly believes that we can and should influence the next generation to eat 'better'. Better eating has many benefits, and is proven to help reduce lifestyle-related illnesses.  Clare recently spoke with journalists on 'the Conversation' about how she would advise parents to help their children eat 'better'.




Clare's key points


1. Make food rules. Parents who have solid, positive eating rules raise adolescents with better eating habits.


2. Never give up encouraging  your loved ones to eat more, and a bigger variety, of vegetables and fruit as this helps achieve increased life satisfaction, happiness and wellbeing.


3. Show the younger generation which foods belong to the basic foods groups and which do not.


4. Plan meals and snacks  ahead of time and base them around nutrient-rich core foods including vegetables and fruits.


5. Try healthy 'fast food' cooked at home (i.e. make your own pizza).


When it comes to boosting you and your family's intake of fruit and vegetables, Clare advises to  eat a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, and aim for seven serves -  two fruits and five vegetables or three fruits and four vegetables. To help protect against heart disease, type two diabetes, and some cancers, she says  "more colour is better".


If you are confused about whether your diet is healthy and how to fix any imbalances, try this simple health eating quiz developed by Clare and her team at Newcastle University.


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Should we influence the next generation to eat better?

Tuesday 18 October, 2016