Kids needed to serve up input for nutrition lesson plans

Mar 29 2018

Ms Nienke Devlieger and Dr Tamara Bucher

Healthy eating is already embedded in many schools: from healthy canteens to the Crunch & Sip program.

However, can kids learn more about the importance of good food for their health in the classroom?

Researchers from the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) are looking to develop a new online nutrition education platform for teachers – and want a kid’s perspective on what students need to learn.

While schools are encouraged to promote and encourage healthy eating in students, suitable educational nutrition resources for teachers are lacking.

The website the team is looking to develop will include ready-to-use lesson plans, videos, interactive games and links to useful websites so that teachers will have the nutrition education tools they need at their fingertips.

The researchers, Ms Nienke de Vlieger and Dr Tamara Bucher, are looking for 20 year five or six students and a parent or guardian, to come to the University of Newcastle Callaghan campus for a one hour interview and fun sorting task.

“We want to work with parents and kids to find out what they need and want from a healthy eating program,” Ms Nienke says.

“Then we can provide teachers with the resources they need to confidently educate their students about healthy eating.”

This study aims to understand how nutrition is currently taught in NSW schools, and to develop best practice moving forward.

To find out more about the program visit

Potential participants can contact Ms Nienke on 02 4985 4086 or email

Each participating family will receive a $30 Coles/Myer voucher as a thank you.

* HMRI partners with the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.