Dear Parents and Caregivers

We know from having worked with many, many parents through our research at Deakin University that getting the food and activity stuff right is very important to you. It’s not always easy to know the best way, whether this is your first child or whether you’re an experienced parent!

The program aims to promote healthy eating and active play behaviours in parents and their children. Emphasis is placed on improving knowledge, skills and strategies known to promote healthy eating (feeding styles and food provided) and active play (physical activity and sedentary behaviours) across these first years.

More Information

Getting Healthy Eating and Active Play right from 3 Months, 6 Months, 9 Months, 12 Months, 15 Months, 18 Months. Also for Toddlers and Grown-ups.

The Infant Program has six key messages

Key message 1: Eat Together, Play Together 
Children model their behaviour on their parents. Enjoy mealtimes together as often as you can and find some time for active play with your child each day.

Key message 2: Parents Provide, Kids Decide
Parents Provide a healthy range of foods. Kids Decide if to eat and how much to eat. Remember, the more you fuss about food, the more they will fuss. Likewise, Parents Provide a range of active play opportunities and Kids Decide which activities to engage in.

Key message 3: Snack on Fruit and Veg
Eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Snacks are really mini-meals to give your child an opportunity to eat a variety of foods from all the food groups!

Key message 4: Colour Every Meal With Fruit and Veg
Adding fruits and vegetables to every meal will give your child the right idea about healthy eating. Remember fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables are all great choices. The meals that you make don’t have to be fancy, just healthy and simple.

Key message 5: Tap into Water
Offer water regularly and ensure that it’s always readily available, particularly when out and about. Avoid fruit juice, cordial, soft drink and other sweetened drinks.

Key message 6: Off and Running
Television is not recommended at all for children under 2 years of age. When the television is OFF, your child has more opportunity to be OFF AND RUNNING! Encourage your child to be active every day. Parents are great role models for their child’s active play.


Where can I attend an Infant Program?

The Infant Program is available at the following locations:

Location Organisation  Contact
Mildura Sunraysia Community Health Services If you have a baby, or a are having a baby soon, and want to join one of the classes, please call Sunraysia Community Health Services
Phone: 03 5022 5444
Website: https://www.schs.com.au/services/allied-health/groups/infant-program
Whittlesea   City of Whittlesea Infant Program sessions currently run across the municipality in Thomastown, Mill Park, Epping North and Doreen.
For program enquiries, please contact our Maternal and Child Health Service 
Phone: 03 9404 8888
Swan Hill Swan Hill District Health Dietetics Department
Swan Hill District Health
Phone: 03 5033 9337
Email: health.promotion@shdh.org.au
Websites: www.shdh.org.au; https://eatmovesmile.shdh.org.au/
Benalla Benalla Health For more information, call Community Health
Phone: 03 (03) 5761 4500
Website: www.benallahealth.org.au/CommunityHealth/


Infant program specific resources