Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) received a $ 1.2 million grant from the Australian Government Department of Health Creating a digital toolbox for early childhood education and care professionals, parents and families to ensure children have access to nutritious food.
Aimed at those working or caring for children under five, the toolkit aims to work in partnership with ECEC and families to create resources to deliver messages about the importance of healthy and nutritious food for the under five age group Years to step up UQ researcher Professor Helen Truby said.
The project will particularly focus on creating new culturally appropriate resources for non-English speaking families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children that will be developed in collaboration with community members, she added.
The researchers hope that the collaborative approach will have a strong impact on the health progress of all children in Australia and help them get the best nutritional start in life.
“The first five years of a child’s life are a time of rapid growth and brain development that is heavily influenced by diet,” explains the professor.
The resources created by the project will be freely accessible and specifically designed to fill current gaps and address the tailored needs of these underserved communities, she added.
“In addition, a free open access short course is offered to train users on how to use the various tools in their practice and in child nutrition and behavior change.”
Dr. Jacki Walker and Dr. Clare Dix from the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences join Professor Truby on the project’s research team. More information about her work You will find here.