Get Up & Grow – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood
The Get Up & Grow: Healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood guidelines and accompanying resources have been developed by child health and early childhood professionals in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. State and territory governments were also consulted in the development of these resources.
The Get Up & Grow resources are designed to be used in a wide range of early childhood settings by families, staff and carers, and to support a consistent, national approach to childhood nutrition and physical activity. When applying the guidelines and recommendations outlined within the resources, early childhood settings will also need to meet any other requirements set out in state, territory or federal regulatory arrangements.
These healthy eating and physical activity resources are based on three key national health documents that focus on children, namely:
The Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) and the Infant Feeding Guidelines (2012), which form the basis for nutrition policy in Australia (available in Section 3: Further Reading).
The National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0 to 5 years, which has been developed to guide policy and practice around physical activity for young children (summary available at the end of Section 2: Physical Activity).
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