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Welcome to the Babytastes Blog where we will keep you up-to-date with food and nutritional advice.  Please feel free to comment on the blogs by clicking the topics to the right.

10 April 2013

So many to choose from

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Nowadays supermarket shelves display many different types of rice and grains. It can be confusing to decide which one to buy.

Brown Rice
This rice is less processed than white rice; only the outer hull is removed. When cooked, it is chewy with a nut-like flavour. Brown rice has a light brownish colour due to the bran layer. These bran layers are rich in B complex vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Brown rice is a healthy option. It also has a low glycemic index (GI).

Black Rice

Black Rice is a wholegrain, and now on the “superfood” list. It contains essential vitamins and minerals including niacin, thiamin, and magnesium, as well as being a source of dietary fibre. Its deep purple colour is due to natural anthocyanin, which also gives blueberries their colour. It is low in salt and sugar, and has a distinctive nutty flavour.

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/food+diet/nutrition/black+rice+a+superfood,6857

White Rice

The husk of this rice is removed and the kernel is milled and polished until the rice is white. White rice loses much of its nutritional value due to this process and therefore contains less Vitamin B, minerals, and fibre and it also has a higher GI than brown rice.

http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1454

Basmati Rice

This is a long-grain, non-glutinous fragrant rice, grown in India and Pakistan. When cooked, it swells lengthwise in slender grains and is dry, separate, and not sticky. It is available in brown or white.

Jasmine Rice

This rice originates from Thailand. It is more sticky and moist and is a shorter grain than Basmati. Available in brown or white, it has a higher glycemic index than Basmati rice.

 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/280554-glycemic-index-of-brown-rice-vs-white-rice/#ixzz2Pl4auH81

 

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah)

Quinoa is one of the most nutrient-rich grains available. It has high protein levels, fibre, iron, phosphorous, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. It also has a low GI, beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels stable.
There are four main varieties of Quinoa available: white, sweet, red, and black. It can be eaten hot or cold, sweet or savoury.

Page 69 Babytastes and page 186 Toddlertastes for Quinoa recipes.

Couscous

Couscous is made of semolina wheat that is moistened and then formed into small grain shapes. It is also made from whole-wheat flour. This food is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. It is also a very good source of selenium. It can be served in sweet or savoury dishes.

Page 25 Babytastes, fruity couscous.

Freekah

Freekah is a smoked green cracked wheat. The grain is wheat that is still green as it has been harvested before ripening. It is especially high in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It has a distinctive smoky, nutty flavour.

Bulgur wheat

Bulgur wheat is a whole-wheat grain that has been crushed to make bulgur and then partially pre-cooked. As a whole grain, it is naturally high-fibre and low fat. It requires little, or no, cooking.

The glycemic index, or GI, rates foods that contain carbohydrates on a scale of 1 to 100. Foods on the lower end are considered low-glycemic foods, while foods closer to 100 are high-glycemic foods. The theory behind the glycemic index is that foods with a rating closer to 100 cause your blood sugar to spike suddenly.

 

03 April 2013

GO FOR GREEN

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Not only do the facts and figures tell the story of growing obesity trends within our community, we can see it… at the shopping mall, food outlets, and in the school playgrounds.

We often hear parents lament that their children “just won’t eat vegetables.” Parents are busy and may grow weary of having their children constantly refuse healthy vegetables. Sometimes, for a peaceful mealtime, parents bend to the pressure and put take-away or a supermarket meal on the table, often lacking anything “green.” And so, the cycle continues, the more processed food is given, the less home-prepared meals and vegetables are eaten.

When introducing new foods to your baby, introduce vegetables before fruit, as they are programmed to prefer sweet tastes and reject bitter ones.

As your baby grows into a toddler, encourage them to help in the food preparation, from choosing vegetables at the shop, unpacking them from the basket, growing your own, and eventually helping with the cooking.

Make the vegetables look more interesting; gone are the days of limp, boiled greens served on a plate!

Children love to copy their parents, so model healthy eating behaviours. Children will then become confident in trying something new.

http://cookingmattersaustralia.com.au/

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2012/12/11/jech-2012-201604.abstract

What doesn’t help to encourage your children to eat more healthy foods is what happens when you go out for a meal; the children’s menu is usually pizza, chicken nuggets and chips.

Over this holiday period, if you come across a menu with some healthy choices for children to eat go to:

http://www.babytastes.com.au/ to read our restaurant reviews and add your own as well.

 

27 March 2013

HAPPY EASTER

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Eggs are synonymous with Easter. Decorating, giving, and eating eggs have been part of Christian Easter celebrations since the early days of the Church. Some Christian customs connected with Easter eggs are adaptations of ancient pagan practices related to spring rites. The practice of decorating eggshells is an ancient art; engraved Ostrich eggs, 60,000 years old, have been found in Africa.

During the 19th century, chocolatiers began making chocolate eggs during Easter. By the 1960s, chocolate eggs had become a worldwide Easter tradition, and, in the 20th century, chocolate bunnies, birds and other Easter symbols, appeared as well.

Eating an egg for breakfast is a great way to kick start the day. Eggs are packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are low in salt and a good source of iron, zinc, folate, and Vitamin A. They are high in healthy fats, including omega-3.

Parents are sometimes anxious about giving egg to their babies, as egg allergy is the most common food allergy affecting children in Australia. The latest research and guidelines support the view that eggs should be given as part of the introduction to solids, starting with cooked egg yolk and moving onto baked eggs, scrambled, or poached. Their introduction should not be delayed. If a parent has an egg allergy consult your doctor before giving eggs.

If anyone is interested in an  Egg Allergy Prevention Study

‘This research trial specifically focuses on egg allergy. Egg allergy is the most common food allergy affecting children in Australia. It is now 3 times more common than a peanut allergy. With no treatment currently available for established food allergies except avoidance, the burden on family life is often considerable. It is now increasingly evident that avoidance is not the answer, as it may be unsuccessful, or even detrimental in allergy prevention. Instead, there is a mounting body of evidence to indicate that immune tolerance to "allergy-causing" foods can be achieved through early, regular exposure to such foods. This study will determine whether early and regular feeding of egg will reduce the risk of infants developing egg allergy. Babies born to mothers who have a previous history of asthma, eczema, hay fever, or atopic dermatitis are at a 50-80% risk of developing a food allergy.’
Volunteers: Pregnant women (or who have an infant aged under 6.5 months) with a history of asthma, eczema, hay fever, or atopic dermatitis
Contact: Phone - (08) 9340 8834 or Email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

18 March 2013

What’s on in WA: Playgroup WA & Kidsafe

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A fun event will be the:

World’s Biggest Playgroup Day at Whiteman Park

Playgroup WA invites parents, carers and friends with children aged zero to 5yrs to celebrate the World’s Biggest Playgroup Day at Whiteman Park.

‘This FREE family fun day will promote the importance of play and aims to strengthen the relationship between playgroups and local communities. The event extravaganza on the day includes live performances from Cubbihouse and watch out for ‘Izzy’, the Smart Steps Program lizard mascot roaming the crowd.’ (Event listing)

Activities include:

  • Playgroup activities
  • Bouncy castle
  • African drumming
  • Face painting
  • Nature play
  • Animal farm
  • Aboriginal play

Date: 20th March 2013

Time: 10am - 1pm

Location: Village West, Whiteman Park, Perth, WA Map it

Ages: All Ages / Family

Cost: Free

Event Info: Get the family outdoors for FREE fun & activities!
Visit Website


Kidsafe WA

Throughout the autumn season, the Kidsafe WA team will be out and about at a number of events throughout the state. They will be on hand to offer information on preventing injuries in children. There will also be free child car restraint checking days.

World’s Biggest Playgroup Day
20th March 2013
10am to 2pm at Whiteman Park
Kidsafe WA will have an interactive stall offering parent information on preventing injuries in children. There will also be fun activities for the kids to do, including colouring in, painting, magnetic games, and puzzles.

City of Cockburn Hello Baby Event
27th March 2013
10am to 12pm at Manning Park, Azelia Rd, Hamilton Hill
Kidsafe WA will have an interactive stall offering parent information on preventing injuries in children. There will also be fun activities for the kids to do, including colouring in, painting, magnetic games, and puzzles.

Armadale Free Child Car Restraint Checking Day
Armadale Central Shopping Centre
Orchard Ave, ARMADALE
Wednesday 24th April 2013
9.30am to 1.30pm

Undercover carpark near train line

Great Southern Child Safety Forums
8th to 12th April 2013
Kidsafe WA and Royal Life Saving Society will be travelling throughout the Great Southern Region conducting professional development and offering parent presentations on ‘12 Key Steps to Keep Kids Safe.’

Karrinyup Free Child Car Restraint Checking Day
Karrinyup Shopping Centre Karrinyup Rd, KARRINYUP
Monday 20th May 2013
9.30am to 1.30pm

Undercover carpark next to KFC

Pilbara Child Safety Forums
13th to 17th May 2013
Kidsafe WA and Royal Life Saving Society will be travelling throughout the Pilbara Region conducting professional development and offering parent presentations.

http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/

 

11 March 2013

WORLD SALT AWARENESS WEEK 11TH - 17TH MARCH 2013

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This year the campaign hopes to make you more aware of how to eat less salty foods when dining out at restaurants, ordering a takeaway, and how to adapt recipes. Most of these foods are not labelled, making it very hard to make a healthier choice.

In addition, the catering industry, chefs, and others involved are encouraged to become aware of the importance of adding less salt to our food and the long-term health implications of eating a high salt diet.

Many of us have developed a preference for salty flavours due to years of eating manufactured foods with a high salt content as well as the use of salt as seasoning. Initially when you reduce your salt intake foods tend to taste bland, but after two or three weeks you will start to taste more natural food flavours. Replace salt products with herbs and spices, reduce amount of salt in recipes, and use no salt or low salt products.

Salt comes in many forms, such as:

  • Baking powder
  • Booster
  • Celery salt
  • Garlic salt
  • Sodium
  • Meat or yeast extract
  • Onion salt
  • Monosodium glutamate (msg)
  • Rock salt
  • Sea salt
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Sodium nitrate/nitrite and stock cubes.

Low salt foods are those with less than 120mg per 100g of sodium

Age

Maximum Salt Intake

0-6 months

<1g / day

6-12 months

1g / day

1-3 years

2g / day

4-6 years

3g / day

7-10 years

5g / day

11 years and above

6g / day

 

That equals 6 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of table salt a day. The 6 grams include ALL salt and sodium consumed, including that used in cooking and at the table.

http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/food-labels/Pages/salt.aspx

 

06 March 2013

LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS LINKED TO FOOD ALLERGIES

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Past research and present studies continue to link low vitamin D levels to food allergies.

In recent research, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (http://www.jacionline.org/) there are indications babies with low vitamin D levels are more likely to have food allergies.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute studied more than 5200 one-year-olds and found those with insufficient vitamin D were three times more likely to have a food allergy and more likely to have multiple food allergies. This link was only evident for low vitamin D babies with Australian-born parents. These findings may help to explain Australia's high food allergy rates, particularly in the southern states. Previous research showed food allergies are more common the further from the equator. There may also be links to skin colour, genetic and environmental factors.

The latest research provides the first evidence that vitamin D may be important in preventing food allergies in infants. Researchers will now look at whether the link between vitamin D levels and food allergies begins during pregnancy, or in the first year of life.

The Telethon Institute of Child Health also conducted a study linking poor language skills in children to lack of vitamin D in the womb.

http://www.childhealthresearch.org.au/news-events/media-releases/2012/february/new-research-links-poor-language-to-lack-of-vitamin-d-in-womb.aspx

Sunshine and foods are the best way to get enough vitamin D in your diet.

Salmon/ mackerel

Tuna/ sardines in oil

Eggs (in yolk)

Fortified breakfast cereals

Margarine

Milk

Cheese

 

27 February 2013

Revised Australian Dietary Guidelines

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The revised Australian Dietary Guidelines were released last week. These guidelines have been updated from the 2003 edition. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) consulted with a wide group of clinicians involved in all areas of nutrition, as well as women’s groups and industry, and the recommendations are based on scientific evidence and high quality research.

It is well recognised that a healthy diet and lifestyle for all age groups is essential for good health and prevention of illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity.

For a full explanation and copies of all the recommendations for infants, children and adults go to:

http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/

The website is packed with useful information, including recipes and eating plans.

Infant Feeding Guidelines:

Some of the changes in the latest Guidelines are:

The benefits of breastfeeding and the association between breastfeeding and a decreased risk of becoming obese in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood are discussed.

Breastfeeding is recommended for the first 12 months of life, but iron-rich and iron-fortified foods are required at around 6 months. Continue to breast feed while introducing solid foods.

Babies who are formula-fed, need infant formula, strictly prepared as per manufactures’ instructions. Formulas based on soy and goats’ milk are not recommended for infants, unless on medical advice.

Solid foods need to be introduced to infants at around 6 months to meet nutritional requirements and decrease the risk of allergy.

There is no evidence to support delaying introduction of solids until after 6 months of age to reduce the risk of allergic symptoms/atopic disease.

Start with small quantities of iron-fortified cereal or pureed foods on a spoon.

Babies may need to be offered foods many times before they learn to like them.

Offer a variety of foods from all five food groups, and vary the texture according to the developmental age of baby. During the 6-12month period, infants should move from pureed to lumpy and normal textures.

Foods can be introduced in any order provided iron-rich foods are included.

Do not add salt to food for infants, as infant kidneys are immature and unable to excrete excess salt.

Avoid juices and sugar sweetened drinks. Limit intake of all foods with added sugars.

Avoid nutrient- poor foods, which are high in saturated fats, sugars, and salt.

Restriction of fat is not recommended in the first 2 years of life, as it may reduce the intake of energy and essential fatty acids, which may have an adverse affect on growth, development, and the myelination of the nervous system. Full fat dairy products can be offered.

http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/the_guidelines/n55e_infant_brochure.pdf

After 12 months

Offer pasteurised full cream milk for the first 2 years of life. Do not use unpasteurised cow or goats’ milk.

Low fat and reduced-fat milks (skim milk and milk with 2-2.5% fat) are not recommended in first 2 years of life.

Toddler milks and special and/or supplementary foods for toddlers are not required for healthy children.

Milk and other drinks should be offered in a cup, rather than a bottle.

http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/

20 February 2013

THE BENEFITS OF BEING BILINGUAL

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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGES DAY, FEBRUARY 21ST

 

 

On International Mother Language Day, the UN's Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN agencies participate in events that promote linguistic and cultural diversity. They also encourage people to maintain their knowledge of their mother language while learning, and using, more than one language. Governments and non-governmental organizations may use the day to announce policies to encourage language learning and support.

The United Nations' (UN) International Mother Language Day annually celebrates language diversity and variety worldwide on February 21st.

21 February 2013 - International Mother Languages Day is on Thursday this year and another Multilingual Story Time Session is planned by the State Library of Western Australia, Alexander Library Building, 25 Francis St in Northbridge. Time: 10:30-11:30, please arrive from 10am. They are planning to read Eric Carle's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in several community languages, including German, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Ukrainian, Russian, and English. Invite your friends along. Free event, no RSVP required. Please mark the day in your diary.

Years ago, it was thought that children learning more than one language at a time would hinder their language development, but recent research has contradicted that notion. Bilingual children have been shown to have communication and cognitive advantages over monolingual children. It enhances their problem solving, analytical skills, and concept formation.

Bilingualism enables the child to communicate with all members of their family as well as friends. This helps to develop a good family cohesion and to build relationships.

It also allows greater flexibility to choose a place to live and work, which may lead to a financial benefit as an adult.

Bilingual Families Perth is a not-for-profit network of linguistically diverse people in Western Australia.

http://www.bilingualfamilies.net/pages/en/home.php

www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/02/08/bilingual-children-brain.html/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Bialystok

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/strengthening-education-systems/languages-in-education/international-mother-language-day/

13 February 2013

KEEP THEM ACTIVE

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Parents of toddlers often wish that they were a little less active!

The environment in which our toddlers live is constantly evolving, and many of the new play activities involve electronic gadgets and more stationary play.

A recent study done by Jill Hnatiuk from Deakin University Centre of Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, revealed that although most children met the current Australian physical activity recommendations for toddlers, 10% did not… which could be of some concern at this age. The research wanted to establish data on physical activity levels in toddlers.

It is known that, by the time children are of preschool age, most are not active enough. Researchers used an accelerometer to record toddlers' movements over four days. “9 out of 10 children were meeting physical activity guidelines on an average day, but it was a bit concerning that less than half (42 per cent) were meeting it every day," Ms Hnatiuk said.

As activity levels decrease as children get older, it is important that parents encourage and participate, when appropriate, with their children to get them to be as active as possible, so they can achieve three or more hours of physical activity throughout the day.

http://www.natureplaywa.org.au/

Nowadays, electronic screens, television, phones, computers, and tablets surround toddlers. There is concern that some are using them for too long. Evidence is emerging that those toddlers who are mesmerized by pixels continue to exceed viewing recommendations as they mature.

In their recent 'Get Up and Grow' initiative, the Australian Federal Government released their recommended TV and screen times for children aged five years and under. Children younger than two years of age should not spend any time watching television or using other electronic media (DVDs, computer and other electronic games).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/phd-early-childhood-nutrition-resources


http://www.deakin.edu.au/health/cpan/infant/documents/Hnatiuk%20-%202012.pdf

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/gug-carer-toc~gug-carer-sedentary

04 February 2013

Lunchbox Food and Safety Ideas

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The coming weeks herald the return to school and playgroups for Australian children. It is time to start preparing school and playgroup snacks and lunches. As this time of the summer often has the hottest months, the temperatures provide an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Care should be taken to reduce the likelihood of food poisoning. Food safety begins at home with thoroughly washed and cleaned utensils, food, and hands ready for food preparation.

As lunchtime is generally 3-4 hours after arriving at school, the lunchboxes will often sit in the school bag warming up, allowing bacteria to breed. Potentially unsafe food is hazardous between 4ºC and 60ºC.  So it’s best to “Keep it cool for school”. This can be done by:

  • Using insulated lunchbox or cooler bags.
  • Use frozen drinks and/or ice bricks, to layer between sandwiches and containers to keep things cool.
  • Prepare the lunch the night before and leave in the fridge or freezer.
  • Encourage your child to keep the lunch box in their bag and away from direct sunlight whenever possible (sometimes tricky, as some school verandahs get morning or afternoon sun where the kids’ bags sit.)
  • Leave high-risk food for consumption at home.

Uncut fruit and vegetables, tinned meat, fish, or crackers are all lunch food options that are safe without cooling.

Lunch ideas

Sandwiches and wraps:

Fillings- hard cheese and lettuce; cream cheese and cucumber; Toddlertastes cabbage slaw and tuna; avocado and salad; egg (make sure it is cold before adding to sandwich) and spinach; ricotta, grated apple, diced celery, few sultanas and a squeeze of lemon.

Pikelets and fritters:

Sweet or savoury (these can be made and frozen ahead of time.) http://www.babytastes.com.au/component/zoo/item/corn-and-zucchini-fritters.html?Itemid=137

http://www.babytastes.com.au/component/zoo/item/banana-blueberry-pikelets.html?Itemid=137

Scones:

Pumpkin, cheese, and chive (These can be made and frozen ahead of time.)

http://www.babytastes.com.au/component/zoo/item/pumpkinzucchini-cheese-scones.html?Itemid=137

Dip and vegetable sticks:

http://www.babytastes.com.au/component/zoo/item/hummus-dip.html?Itemid=137

Cold pasta and salad.

Don’t forget to pack the water bottle for these hot summer days!

See some snack recipes at http://www.babytastes.com.au/recipes.html

More lunch and snack recipes can be found in the Toddlertastes book.  http://www.babytastes.com.au/about-toddlertastes.html

http://www.freshforkids.com.au/lunch_box/lunch_box.html

http://www.parentsjury.org.au/key-concerns/healthy-eating-for-kids/what-makes-a-healthy-school-lunch/tips-for-a-healthy-lunchbox

31 January 2013

FAST FOOD ISN’T JUST FATTENING, IT MAY MAKE YOU WHEEZE, SNEEZE AND ITCH!!!!

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Worldwide research continues into the cause of the significant rise of childhood asthma and allergies.

Recent research done by an international collaboration of scientists found that young teenagers are 40% more likely to have severe asthma if they eat burgers and other types of fast food more than 3 times weekly. However, it is not just confined to teenagers; the study also revealed children aged 6 – 7 years had a 27% increased risk of asthma. The study also showed that children eating fast food were more likely to have severe eczema and rhinitis (blocked, runny nose and itchy eyes). Current research continues to establish whether the link with fast foods and asthma/allergy is causal, not a coincidence. It is part of an international study of asthma and allergies in Children (ISAAC) involving nearly 2 million children in over 100 countries.

http://thorax.bmj.com/content/early/2013/01/03/thoraxjnl-2012-202285.short?g=w_thorax_ahead_tab

http://isaac.auckland.ac.nz/

There is some evidence that eating foods with high levels of trans fats is associated with asthma symptoms. Fast foods, and some processed foods, contain high levels of these fats.

http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/food-and-health/food-and-drink/nutrition/trans-fats-in-foods.aspx

On the plus side, research is showing that eating 3 or more portions of fruit a week reduces the severity of asthma symptoms in 11% of teenagers and 14% of younger children.

We are what we eat!!

21 January 2013

AUSTRALIA’S HEALTHY WEIGHT WEEK

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January 21st – 27th

Each year The Dietitians Association of Australia launches Australia’s Healthy Weight Week. With 63% of adults and 1 - 4 children being obese in Australia, they hope to raise awareness of all the health issues associated with obesity.

Most of us make New Year resolutions about eating nutritious foods and choosing a more active lifestyle, well if you are flagging, this week will give you another kick-start to become healthier. Achieving, and maintaining, a healthy weight is crucial for reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

The website is a useful resource, cram-packed with recipe ideas, nutrition, exercise, and shopping tips.The Dietitians Association of Australia and celebrity chef Luke Mangan have put together a collection of mouth-watering main meal recipes.

Throughout the week, there are activities to help motivate you and your family to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Visit www.healthyweightweek.com.au

 

(AHWW = Australia’s Healthy Weight week)

Date

Event

Location

Registration

 

21/1/2013 - 25/1/2013

AHWW at Joondalup Health Campus

Joondalup Health Campus

n/a

more

23/1/2013

Sips & Nibbles - Calorie Conscious Catering for the Healthy Hostess

Goldfields Women's Health Care Centre

Call Goldfields Women's Health Care Centre (90218266) or Population Health (90808200) for more information or to RSVP (RSVPs essential)

more

21/1/2013

Australia's Healthy Weight Week Twitter Chat

Online (Twitter)

Follow @healthywtwk for more details

more

13/1/2022 - 24/1/2013

Supermarket tours and Grow Your Own workshop

Esperance

Events are all free. Ring 08 90710759 to register.

more

22/1/2013

Harness your Hunger: discover the secret to ditch diets, lose weigh and still enjoy what you eat.

Online

visit www.eatwellwithawareness.com

more

http://www.healthyweightweek.com.au/

16 January 2013

SUNSCREENS

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It can be confusing choosing a suitable sunscreen for you and the family, as there are many brands available and recently SPF50 has come onto the market.

Before buying and using sunscreen, just check the following:

Firstly, no sunscreen, however high the SPF factor, gives 100% UV protection.

Choose a broad-spectrum brand as it covers UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it’s water-resistant.

Sunscreen should meet Australian standards; those complying will have 'AUST L' or 'AS/NZS 2604:98' on the label.

Check the expiry date, as out-of-date sunscreen is far less effective.

Apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going out into the sun and re-apply after 2 hours, but more often if you have been in the water.

Layer the sunscreen on but don’t rub it into your skin.

Apply sun-protective lip balm.

Store sunscreen below 30ºc i.e., not in the back of the car!!!

http://www.cancerwa.asn.au/prevention/sunsmart/how-to-be-sunsmart/

Recently SPF50 sunscreen has been made available in Australia in line with other countries. “There is little difference between SPF30 and 50. The SPF, or sun protection factor, is a clinical measurement of how long it takes your skin to burn, i.e., if skin takes 10 minutes to burn without sunscreen applying SPF30 would increase the time to 300 minutes, if SPF 50 is applied it would take 500 minutes. When applied appropriately SPF30 protects against 96.7% UVB rays and SPF 50 protects against 98%,” according to Assoc. Professor Jane Hanrahan from Sydney University’s Faculty of Pharmacy.

http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=10569

http://www.tga.gov.au/consumers/sunscreens-2012.htm

Another area of concern raised, has been the use of nanoparticles in some sunscreens. Sunscreen formulas and components are closely monitored and regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). “Clinical studies have found no clinical evidence of titanium oxide or zinc oxide reaching viable skin cells; rather they remain on the surface of the skin and in the outer layer of the skin that is composed of non-viable cells.”

http://www.tga.gov.au/pdf/sunscreens-nanoparticles-2009.pdf

Some sunscreens use “microfine” particles which are larger than nanoparticles; these are found in conventional sunscreen such as white zinc sunscreen.

The Australian College of Dermatologists states, “Sunscreen is safe to use on babies when there is unavoidable exposure to sun. Sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide reflect UV radiation away from the skin and are less likely to cause problems with sensitive skin.” Sunscreen only needs to be used on exposed skin.

http://www.dermcoll.asn.au/public/a-z_of_skin-baby_toddler_protection.asp

Just remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK, and SLIDE. Also, check the daily UV reading before venturing outside for too long.

09 January 2013

Hot cars

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Infants should never be left alone in vehicles, especially on hot summer days; even if it is while you attend a quick errand. You may be distracted by something or have an incident occur which prevents you from returning to your vehicle in a short space of time.

On a hot summer’s day, the temperature in a parked vehicle can be 30ºC higher than the outside temperature. So, even on those days which you may feel are cooler, a parked car could have an inside temperature of 50º C! Leaving the window open a little does not make much difference.

“Tests conducted by Melbourne’s Metropolitan Ambulance Service on a 29 degree day with the car’s air conditioning having cooled the interior to a comfortable 20 degrees showed it took just 10 minutes for the temperature to more than double to 44 degrees. In a further 10 minutes, it had tripled to a deadly 60.2 degrees.” RSPCA Victoria

Dark coloured cars and those with more glass area can heat up more quickly than lighter coloured cars.
When travelling on hot days always have a generous supply of water and offer, whenever possible, to the children. Even if you have an air-conditioned car, have water in the car as you may break down!

Dress the children and babies in cool light clothing. Remember to check the tightness of the harness on the car restraints, as they may be looser if the clothes are less bulky.


Try to cool the car down before putting your child into it and park the car in a shady spot wherever possible.


Fit sunshades, or use visors, to filter the sun's rays rather than a hood over the car restraint as they decrease the airflow around the baby's head.

http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/


Of course, pets should never be left in hot cars either, as they can suffer from heat exhaustion and die within 6 minutes.

http://rspcavic.org/health-and-behaviour/dogs/dogs-in-hot-cars/

01 January 2013

ANOTHER BUSY YEAR

Posted in Blog

2012 has been a busy, fun, and productive year for us at Babytastes.

Our second book, Toddlertastes, was launched in August, just in time for the Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo.

Throughout the year, we have given talks on the introduction of solids at various libraries, north and south of the river, and at shopping centres.

Babytastes and Toddlertastes have been featured in Scoop magazine and The West Australian newspaper.

We made our radio debut on ‘Ask the Experts’ with ‘The Bunch’ on 94.5fm which was nerve-racking but fun.

Our books are now being read in the UK, USA, Norway, and Germany and we continue to increase our sales beyond Western Australia.

The website is ever evolving. Our monthly newsletter is proving popular so subscribe to it for up-to-date research, articles, and play and recipe ideas.

Our books are now sold via our website and at 20 stores around Perth. They are also available at some libraries.

We hope that 2013 will be just as busy. Once again, we will have a stand at the Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo in August, 2013.

More talks are planned; our first being at the Girrawheen library in March, followed by Clarkson and Wanneroo libraries. We will keep you posted.

We hope to have a Babytastes App sometime in 2013.

A big thankyou to our customers, internet followers, Facebookers and tweeps for your continuing support. We wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2013.

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