Want to learn more about nutrition? Here are some great resources to help you eat well and eat smart for life.
- Vegetables and legumes/beans
- Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
- Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds
- Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat
Products high in added sugars, sodium and saturated fat are best avoided. And remember that water is the best beverage option available.
LiveLighter aims to encourage people to eat well, be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. It incorporates the key messages of previous healthy lifestyle campaigns such as Go for 2&5® and and Find 30®. In 2014, the campaign extended to Victoria where it is delivered by Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with the Heart Foundation.
Understanding how to read nutrition information will help you to identify healthy choices that are:
- Lower in energy (kJ)
- Lower in saturated and trans fat
- Lower in sugar
- Lower in sodium (salt)
- Higher in dietary fibre
This label reading guide is most suitable for processed and packaged foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, canned products, yoghurt and crackers.
Almost all packaged products these days would feature a nutrition claim. Check out this resource sheet that our team has developed to help you understand what they mean.
The Health Star Rating is a front-of-pack labelling system that rates the overall nutritional profile of packaged food and assigns it a rating from ½ a star to 5 stars. It's a quick and easy way to compare between foods from the same category (e.g. cereal A against cereal B). The more stars, the healthier the choice!
Food Watch is a nutrition blog founded by Accredited Practicing Dietitian Catherine Saxelby, who is passionate about food and making healthy eating easy. As a dietitian, author, and a busy mum of two, Catherine aims to help women eat well so they can attain and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle while having plenty of energy. Through Food Watch, Catherine shares evidence based nutrition information and helps readers make sense of all the fad diets and weird super foods.
At a time when food and nutrition information is at an all-time high, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there about food based recommendations for wellness. Explore its current role in health and disease; expand your understanding of nutrition science and how it guides us on what and how much to eat for health; learn how to apply evidenced-based nutrition knowledge to guide what food can be used as medicine for you and your family.
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in food, nutrition and health and does not require previous knowledge or experience in science or health studies. To learn more about the course, click here.
The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food have also published two recipe books as a practical guide on how to use Food as Medicine.
Food Switch App
Packaged foods can be surprisingly high in salt, saturated fat, added sugar and kilojoules/calories. FoodSwitch has a database of packaged foods to help you identify those that are better for you.
Healthylife Food Tracker
Healthylife Food Tracker is a free tool that will help inspire you to make healthier food choices and achieve a balanced diet. Developed in partnership with Woolworths, it helps you assess the balance of the foods that make it to your plate, based on the groceries you buy.
Mindfulness refers to the practice of being aware and in the moment. Several studies have suggested that that applying mindfulness-based practices to the way we eat can help help improve our dietary habits.
To learn more, watch this episode from Monash University's 'Food as Medicine' 3 week online course. This episode features Melissa Adamski and Dr Richard Chambers to talk about, and experiment with, mindful eating.
To take part in the Monash University 'Food as Medicine' 3 week online course, you can register here.
At Monash we’re committed to supporting healthy food options on campus and empowering staff and students to make nutrition-savvy food choices.
Through Healthy Monash we’re looking to embed health and wellbeing into our University culture on a broad scale. This includes increasing the availability of healthy choices at University catered meetings and events through Monash Healthy Catering Panel, and championing community awareness for health-driven food options.
To achieve this we’ve created a simple workplace catering guide to help make healthy catering simple and easy for you.
Would you like to fuel productivity, enhance employee wellbeing and save staff time from snack hunting every day? Fruit Addicts Workplace Fruit Supply Specialist are your answer. To learn more about Fruit Addicts, click here.
Lite n' Easy
Lite n' Easy offer a $25 discount off their seven-day meal pack to new customers. Call 131512 and quote 'Monash Uni discount offer'.