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CHILD STUDIES. Task 2 Healthy Eating for kids. Healthy Eating for kids. Practical task Based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines 1, 2, 3 & 5 3 parts – action plan, practical, evaluation Cooking week 6 and week 8 Cooking will be in pairs Food order will be done in week 7

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Task 2

Healthy Eating for kids

Healthy Eating for kids

  • Practical task

  • Based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines 1, 2, 3 & 5

  • 3 parts – action plan, practical, evaluation

  • Cooking week 6 and week 8

  • Cooking will be in pairs

  • Food order will be done in week 7

  • Need to pay your subject cost $30

What do you have to do?

  • Working in pairs, design a healthy menu for one day that is suitable for a child 4-8 and will not contribute to obesity

  • Present your menu as a poster or powerpoint

  • Cook the main meal from your menu

What else do you need to do?

  • Prepare an action plan which includes:

  • Factors that influenced what you decided to put in your menu (nutritional needs, likes dislikes, culture, lifestyle, etc.)

  • What you decided to cook for the main meal

  • Why you decided on this meal

  • A plan for the practical – what are the main steps you and your partner have to do to plan, prepare and serve the meal


  • When you finish the practical task write an evaluation. Include these three sections.

  • Reflect on the processes you used and the results you achieved. Include your decision making processes, your management processes and the final result of your practical.

  • Could you make any improvements? How?

  • How did technology help you in this task? Do you think technology can help parents to make better decisions about their children’s health? How?

The Australian Dietary Guidelines

The Australian Dietary Guidelines give advice on eating for health and wellbeing. They’re called dietary guidelines because it’s your usual diet that influences your health. Based on the latest scientific evidence, they describe the best approach to eating for a long and healthy life

  • Guideline 1

    To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs

  • Guideline 2

    Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from these five groups every day

  • Guideline 3

    Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol

  • Guideline 4

    Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding

  • Guideline 5

    Care for your food; prepare and store it safely

So.. Lets get started….

  • How will you work out what a 4 – 8 year old needs to eat?

There are 3 things to consider

  • The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

  • The Nutritional requirements of children

  • What they enjoy eating

The Australian Guide to healthy eatinggo the website and explore this guide

Nutrition Calculators

  • The Australian Guide to Healthy eating tells you WHAT to eat, but you also need to know HOW MUCH.

  • Nutritional needs vary depending on your age and gender.

  • Your energy needs vary depending on your age, gender, height weight and activity.

  • The Nutrition Calculators on the eat for health website will guide you to make suitable choices

  • Go to this website and explore the calculators


  • Find out: the energy requirements, the nutritional requirements and the number of serves per day required by your child.

  • Write this in a table and keep it for your action plan.

  • Infants, children and teenagers have special dietary needs because they are growing and developing. They need more energy because they are playing and being active.

  • Make sure the food you choose is suitable for their needs

How to go about it

  • Start by doing the Balance Game

  • Play around with your menu choices to achieve a balanced menu.

  • Make sure you have the correct amount from each food group – keep an eye on the dials.

  • Take screen shots of your menu choices to include in your menu presentation

Choose a main meal recipe for the day.

  • What menu choices did you include for dinner?

  • Put these into the advanced search function on

  • Search by ingredient and

    click the main ingredients

    you chose for your dinner

  • Choose a recipe that you

    would like to cook

Analyse your recipe

  • Before you finally choose this recipe, you need to make sure it is healthy and meets your child’s needs

  • You do this by using Food Choices to check the nutritional value of the meal

  • If it doesn’t you will need to change some things – check with your teacher on what to change

  • When you are sure it’s a great choice, do your food order and email it to

  • Follow the food order guidelines

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