Over the mealtime battles? Want your family to eat healthier?

New research shows children with a better diet quality have better academic achievement. Researchers are seeking families with kids 4-11 years to participate in a new online nutrition program to improve eating habits and lifestyle. The program is free to participate and families may receive two online face-to-face video consultations with a dietitian, access to an interactive website and a Facebook private support group. 

Families need to attend only one in-person appointment every 3 months at the University of Newcastle/ Tamworth/ Armidale and the rest of the program is fully online. Participation commitments are minimal with huge flexibility as families can use the online website and Facebook group as much or as little as they like, on their preferred days and times that are convenient to them. Online dietitian consultations will be booked in advance around family’s availability.

This study is being completed by leading researchers from the University of Newcastle, Professor Clare Collins, Associate Professor Tracy Burrows and Dr Chris May in collaboration with Ms Denise Wong See, John Hunter Children’s Hospital Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Mr Ashley Young from the Hunter New England Clinical Telehealth. This study will form part of the theses work for PhD candidate Li Kheng Chai from the University of Newcastle who is supported by Emlyn and Jennie Thomas Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship through the HMRI. This study is proudly supported by nib foundation.

Who can participate?

Your family can participate in the program, if:

  • You have access to the internet via a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer
  • You have a child aged 4–11 years (before 12th birthday) 
  • At least one parent or carer is willing to participate in the program
  • You are able to attend appointments in either Newcastle/ Tamworth/ Armidale

Register your interest

Register your interest at www.bit.ly/c0nnecT

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Li Chai on (02) 4921 5355 or b2bfamily@newcastle.edu.au