Healthy Eating

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Healthy Eating

There are many factors that can determine if you are fit and healthy. Money and power allows some people to attain material things that can benefit their lives, but no one can actually buy health. It has been said that health has many meanings ... but it is essential to our well-being. How people define their own health varies according to their own circumstances, their age, personal knowledge, social and illness experiences.

Keleher, H. and MacDougall, C. (2009). Understanding health: a determinants approach (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)Australia is one of the healthiest countries in the world, but not everyone in this country shares this high health status. You can download a PDF document from WHO that chart's Australia's health profile.

Through the last couple of decades Australian's have shown an increasing interest in the food they eat and an increasing interest in their health. Australians love to eat but many of us want to stay healthy and live for a long time. The nutrients in the food we choose to eat has a significant impact on our health as the body requires nutrients in specific amounts. Too little can lead to ill-health, but too much of a particular nutrient, for example too much saturated fat may lead to coronary heart disease. All nutrients are required for optimal health.

Smith, K., Marshall, B. & Smith, L. (2009). Achieving health and human development, units 3 & 4 (2nd ed.). Macmillan.
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Library Resources

On the shelves

Dewey numbers

  • Cooking 641.5
  • Diet 613
  • Dietetics - Nutritional guides to good food - 613.2
  • Physical fitness - 613.7
  • Food - 641.3
  • Food & Nutrition 641.3
  • Food preservation and storage - 641.4
  • Food technology -664
  • Hospitality - 647

Keyword searching

  • Nutrition
  • Healthy eating

Subject headings


Reference resources

General Encyclopedia

  • World Book Encyclopedia

Subject Encyclopedia

  • Encyclopedia of Health. 3rd edition. (14 volumes)
  • The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Family Health (12 volumes)


  • Good food, good health, from Fricker, Peter, Brockett, Camilla, (2008), Personal best: how to get fit in 45 minutes a day, Penguin with The Australian Institute of Sport, Camberwell, pp.145-158.
  • Nutrition and health, from Sharkey, Brian J. ( 1997), Fitness and health, 4th edition, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, pp.204-222.
  • People and food, from Cleary, Vaughan, Abbott, Justin, (1997), Health and physical education for years nine & ten, Hodder Education, Rydalmere, pp.137-174.

Web Resources

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Statistics collected and published by the Australian government including areas on Australia's population, health and wellbeing.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

AIHW is a major agency set up by the Australian Government. The agency provides reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.

Better Health Channel (BHC)

BHC has been sponsored by the Victorian Government since 1999. It provides health and medical information and the "Healthy Living" menu contains information that would be very useful when researching healthy eating.

Department of Health and Aging

Another government site that promotes better health and aging for all Australians.

Nutrition Australia

Nutrition Australia is a non-government, community-based organization. This organization aims to promote the health and well-being of all Australians

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is part of the United Nations and is responsible for providing global leadership in the area of international health matters.

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