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Date posted: 18 July 2013
New resources to assist childcare workers, families and carers in promoting healthy food and physical activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids are now available.
Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said the Get up and grow: healthy eating and physical activity resources for early childhood settings are an important part of helping kids lead healthier lives.
Ms Plibersek said, 'The resources include a handbook for childcare workers, information brochures on important child health issues for parents, and posters to display in childcare centres.'
Mr Snowdon said, 'While parents and carers have the most important role in shaping their child's healthy behaviours, childcare staff also have an opportunity to show children that the food they eat and exercise can help them to be healthy and happy.'
The topics covered by the resources include breastfeeding, infant formula, introducing first foods, healthy food and drinks and physical activity.
These Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific resources were developed in consultation with children, childcare staff and parents.
Source: The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP and the Hon Warren Snowdon MP