General Nutrition

Iodine Facts

Iodine is an essential trace element and an integral component of thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are required for normal growth and development of tissues and maturation of our bodies. Iodine deficiency is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation in the world; obtaining iodine through the food supply is therefore paramount.

Managing weight

Managing Weight

BMI and Aim for a Healthy Weight Range

Generally, a combination of Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference is the easiest way to rate your weight and risk of lifestyle-related disease.

Balancing energy in and out

What are kilojoules (kj) or calories?

Energy is measured in kilojoules (kj) or calories, so when we refer to 'energy in' we actually mean 'kilojoules in' (the kilojoules in the food we have eaten).

Maintaining a healthy weight range is important for minimising the risk of many lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to match the energy you consume from food with the energy that your body uses up.


Eating out

Eating out is an enjoyable and relaxing experience and can be part of a healthy eating regime. Most restaurants and cafes now serve low fat, nutritious meals. When selecting your foods, try and make sure that you are following the guidelines of the Healthy Eating Pyramid.

What's for lunch?

Packing a healthy lunchbox

Children need to eat a variety of foods everyday to be healthy.


What is diabetes?

When a food containing carbohydrate is eaten, your body digests the carbohydrate into sugar (called glucose), which can then be used as energy by the cells in your body. Diabetes is a condition where your body can’t properly control the amount of glucose in your blood.

Lactose Intolerance



People with lactose intolerance experience symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain, flatulence and/or bloating after consuming lactose. Lactose intolerance is mostly a deficiency, not an absence of the enzyme lactase. These symptoms occur because the body does not fully digest lactose, a type of sugar that is naturally present in milk and other dairy foods.

Dental health

Good dental health

For good dental health, you need to look after your teeth. Dental diseases such as tooth decay and dental erosion are very common health problems in Australia, but they are largely preventable!

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