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A welcome from the Chief Executive


Welcome to healthy families healthy children, a healthy new website for a the new year for families and children in Sydney Local Health District.

Here we speak to the Chief Executive about why healthy families and healthy children are so important to her.

What makes healthy?

Helping happy little minds


We know good mental health is as important as good physical health - but how do we help our kids achieve it? With R U OK? Day happening this month.

Helping happy little minds

Being healthy in nature


This week we heard about healthy, outdoor activities from Miranda, Aunty of 2 year old Arthur.

Being healthy in nature

The wonders of breastfeeding


We know breastfeeding is the natural way to feed and bond with your baby but the benefits go way beyond that.

The  wonders of breastfeeding

What is healthy eating and why is it important?


A nutritionally balanced diet is important for optimal growth, development and wellbeing.
According to Sydney Local Health District's Early Childhood Dietitian, Kalliope Polyronis, we can all make changes to ensure we're eating the right foods for our health and the health of our family.

What is healthy eating and why is it important?

A healthy start


Mornings can be a hectic time for all families. Whether you are trying to get kids ready for school or rushing to an early appointment, it's easy to let breakfast fall by the wayside.

A healthy start

Fuel for learning


We pack lunchboxes for our kids five days a week and with children needing one-third of their daily food intake during the school day, it’s important to give them healthy options.

Fuel for learning

Food texture guide


The 'Food Texture Guide' uses pictures to show parents the right textures for foods high in iron, when first given to babies.

Food texture guide

Fuss free mealtimes


We'd all like our children to eat healthy, nourishing meals without the fuss.

Fuss free mealtimes

Let's play


It seems simple doesn't it? - according to Sydney Local Health District's child and family health experts, that little four letter word is one of the most important things you'll do with your kids.

Let's Play

Is your child talking and listening like they should?


Communication difficulties in children come in many forms.

Is your child talking and listening like they should?

Putting their best foot forward


For many mums and dads, the thought of fitting exercise into an already busy family schedule can seem like too much.

Putting their best foot forward

First words


You might not have realised, but the amount of time we spend talking to our little ones plays a big role in their speech development.

First words

Settling and sleeping


Getting used to a new baby at home can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Sydney Local Health District's Child and Family Health Nurse Caroline Parkee talks us through sleeping and settling for your bub.

Settling and sleeping



Child Health Information Link


The Child Health Information Link (CHIL) connects parents and carers living in Sydney Local Health District with our services and resources on child health and development.

Child Health Information Link


Yaralla Festival


The Healthy Families Healthy Children team marked the beginning of spring on Sunday, September 10, with thousands of families and their furry friends at the Yaralla Festival on the grounds of the beautiful Yaralla Estate in Concord.

Yaralla Festival

Battery safety


With Christmas fast approaching and many parents starting to think about buying presents, it’s important to know which toys are safe and which aren’t – especially when it comes to batteries.

Battery  safety

Medicine safety


Medicines are there to help us when we’re sick but if they are stored or used in the wrong way, they can be dangerous.

Medicine safety

Be asthma aware


Asthma affects one in nine Australians - many of them children. But the good news is Sydney Local Health District’s experts say it can usually be kept under control so kids are free to run and play.

Be asthma aware

Protecting what you love


Children are offered a range of immunisations from the time they are born through to their teenage years.

Protecting what you love

Get active


For many mums and dads, the thought of fitting exercise into an already busy family schedule can seem like too much.

Get active

Brushing up for sparkly smiles


As part of Dental Health Week our experts give their tips on how to keep your child's smile bright and healthy.

Brushing up for sparkly smiles

Itchy bites


Long sunny days, gorgeous outdoor evenings and yep, you guessed what comes next...
“Is anyone else being eaten alive?”

Itchy bites

Feeling good in 2017


Tips from Sydney Local Health District's mental health expert Dr Jean Starling.

Feeling Good in 2017

Is your family sun safe?


RPA's skin cancer expert Professor John Thompson has some tips on how to make sure we’re all protected from the sun.

Is your family sun safe?

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