Move Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

The Australian government has established dietary guidelines for adults, children/adolescents and for older people. These guidelines have been established to promote healthy eating.

The dietary guidelines for adults are:

  • Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruit
  • Eat plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain
  • Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives
  • Include milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or alternatives
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake
  • Choose foods low in salt
  • Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink
  • Consume only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars
  • Prevent weight gain: be physically active and eat according to your needs
  • Care for your food: prepare and store it safely
  • Encourage and support breastfeeding

For further details on these dietary guidelines, visit the NHMRC website (National Health and Medical Research Council).

Source: NHMRC 2003, "Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults", Commonwealth of Australia.

A grain
of wisdom

Rice has been grown in Australia since the 1920s, although the output is only a tiny fraction of total global rice production.