Parents urged to strip back the packets, add nude food

"MUUUUMM, what can I pack for lunch?"

If this is a normal question an hour before you are due to drop the kids off at school then it might be time to revolutionise the school lunchbox.

Cancer Council has called on parents to include nude food in children's lunch boxes in an effort to boost their health.

Ahead of Term three, parents have been urged to strip back the packets and cut down on processed foods, filling lunchboxes instead with fresh fruit, vegetables, grains and healthy proteins.

More than a quarter of Queensland children are currently overweight or obese, with health experts predicting the trend will worsen over time.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said a few small changes could help families achieve balanced lunchboxes for the kids, and healthier lifestyles overall.

"Lunches that are quick and easy to prepare, fun for the kids to eat and nutritious are vital in helping boost the health of Queensland children," Ms Clift said.

Fresh Fruit and vegetables.
Fresh Fruit and vegetables. Luka Kauzlaric

"Go for high-protein foods like lean meat, tinned tuna, egg or tofu. Protein-rich dairy foods like yoghurt and cheese are also good sources of calcium.

"Try and fill your child's lunchbox with a healthy serve of fruits and vegetables - think mandarins, bananas, apples, pre-peeled oranges, snow peas or cherry tomatoes, they're easy to eat!

"Water is the best choice as a drink to keep your kids hydrated throughout the day, or unflavoured, low-fat milk.

"Getting the kids involved in learning about how foods are grown, trying new foods and helping with the cooking are all great ways to get your children interested in their daily diet, too."

In Australia, overweight and obesity rates in children have doubled in the past 30 years.

Improving the diets of Queensland children can reduce rates of overweight and obesity, reducing the risk of a range of chronic diseases - including some cancers.

Up to one-third of all cancers are preventable through simple lifestyle adjustments including eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in recommended physical activity.

Queensland schools, businesses and community groups are invited to join CCQ's QUEST to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.


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