Coeliac Awareness Week is being held this year from the 13th -20th March. A free information pack containing facts about the disease, its diagnosis and treatment, along with recipes is available to hand out to clients.
A recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia has called for more research on how much physical activity preschoolers should be doing daily and at what intensity, to encourage healthy growth and development and prevent overweight and obesity.
Children living in the southern Australian states (Victoria and Tasmania) where there is less sun exposure, have higher rates of food allergy and eczema than children living in the more northern states ( Queensland, Central New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory). The study was undertaken by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
World Salt Awareness Week will be held from the 26th March to the 1st April. This years theme will concentrate on salt reduction and stroke prevention. To find out about the various activities and events check out the AWASH (Australian Division of the World Action on Salt and Health) website.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that infants introduced to starchy table foods before age 6 months are more likely to have a taste preference for salt and salty foods than those infants not introduced to starchy table foods before age 6 months.
A recent Australian study, published in the International Journal of Obesity has found that children with overweight or obese fathers but healthy weight mothers are at greater risk of overweight and obesity than those children with healthy weight fathers and overweight or obese mothers.