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Teacher Information Sheets

Teacher information sheets outline core food and nutrition concepts common to all Refresh.ED units.

Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013

The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide recommendations about the types and amounts of food, food groups and dietary patterns to promote health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of diet-related conditions and chronic disease.

Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013 to download this PDF.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a food selection guide which illustrates proportions of serves of the Five Food Groups recommended each day for optimal nutrition and health. The Guide is based on recommended food intakes for the population as a whole, and is designed for healthy Australians, including those with common health risks such as being overweight.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating to download this PDF.

Cooking Without a Kitchen

Hands on food preparation or cooking are excellent ways to engage children in learning across the curriculum. Whilst not all schools or classes have access to a kitchen there are still ways to safely include food preparation in Refresh.ED learning tasks.See the suggestions to explore opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

Cooking Without a Kitchen to download this PDF.

Food Hygiene

Implementing simple food hygiene and safety measures such as hand washing, keeping food at the right temperature and avoiding cross contamination can dramatically reduce the likelihood of food poisoning.

Food Hygiene to download this PDF.

Fun Food Facts About the Five Food Groups

The Five Food Groups are the basis for education about planning a healthy diet. Factual statements about foods in each food group in this information sheet can be used for general information, to stimulate discussion in classrooms, as a quiz or to design teaching and learning activities.

Fun food facts about the five food groups to download this PDF.

Healthy Food and Drink Policy

Food and drinks provided in Western Australian public schools are required by the WA Department of Education and Training to support healthy eating. This applies to canteens and food services, class treats, school camps and excursions. An easy-to-follow ‘traffic light’ system has been introduced to help public schools plan menus based on healthy, nutritious and affordable food and drinks.

Healthy Food and Drink Policy to download this PDF.

Preparing for Lessons & Gathering Resources

Learning about food and nutrition is more engaging and relevant with hands on activities. Check the Unit Outline for resources needed to teach Refresh.ED learning tasks. Suitable resources may be found in the classroom and school in addition to the wider school and business communities.

Preparing for lessons and gathering resources to download this PDF.

Reading a Food Label

Nutrition information panels and ingredient lists on food packaging provide a useful way to compare nutrition content of packaged foods. Learning how to use this information can help choose the healthiest options. Country of origin, manufacturers’ information and date marking can also inform food choices.

Reading a food label to download this PDF.

Serving Size & Portions

In the context of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, a serve is a set amount of a specific food within a food group. The serve size should be used along with the recommended number of ‘serves per day’ to work out the total daily amount of food required by individuals from each of the Five Food Groups.

Portion size is the amount that individuals actually eat. If individuals eat larger portions than the suggested serve size they will need to eat that food group less often, whilst individuals who eat less than the suggested serve size will need to eat it more frequently.

Serving size and portions to download this PDF.

Food allergies and intolerances

Understanding the differences between a food allergy and a food intolerance can sometimes be confusing. A food allergy leads to an immune reaction following contact with or consumption of a food. Food intolerance is the inability to digest or absorb a food. Food intolerance can lead to a body reaction but it does not involve the immune system. Common food allergens include cow’s milk, egg, peanuts, shellfish, fish, sesame, wheat and soy products.

Food allergies and intolerances to download this PDF.

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