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Thu, 2016-10-06 13:41

Key learnings from the free PEACH™ (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) program delivered across Queensland over the past three years will be presented this month in Brisbane at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS).

The ANZOS meeting, to be held 19-21 October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, follows World Obesity Day next week (Tuesday, 11 October) which is focused on “calling for urgent government action to end childhood obesity”. In Australia in 2013, 888,502 school-aged children (aged 5-17.9...

Mon, 2016-08-29 15:14

If you are interested in registering for PEACH™ Online, you have to do so by Wednesday, 31 August 2016.

Enrolments for the face-to-face groups have already closed, so this is your last chance to get involved in the PEACH™ Program!

Families who enrol into PEACH™ Online by 31 August will continue to have access to the PEACH™ Online section of the website until 30 December 2016.

Mon, 2016-08-29 15:00

If you are still interested in registering for PEACH™ Online you need to do so by Wednesday, 31 August 2016.

Face-to-face groups have already closed so get in quick for your last chance to enrol!

Families that are already enrolled into PEACH™ Online will continue to have access to the PEACH™ Online materials on the PEACH™ website until 31 December 2016.

Fri, 2016-04-29 11:53

More than 1100 children from more than 900 families across Queensland have enrolled in QUT’s free healthy lifestyle program PEACH™ (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) since its launch in September 2013.

Parents and children have been involved in 104 groups at 47 different locations, from the Gold Coast to Cairns in the north and out west to Longreach.

“We are thrilled that families across the state have participated in the program and the feedback they have provided is invaluable,” said Professor Lynne Daniels, PEACH™ program director and head of QUT’s School...

Mon, 2016-01-18 09:03

Healthy lifestyle program – PEACH – launches free online version

A new online version of QUT’s healthy lifestyle program – PEACH - will be offered to Queensland families with primary-school aged children from February 2016.

The online version of the Queensland Government-funded PEACH (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) program will be offered as an alternative format to face-to-face sessions and will feature 10 interactive sessions, a parent forum and ‘live-chats’.

Face-to-face sessions, meanwhile, begin during week three of the school term in Brisbane,...

Thu, 2015-12-17 15:07

With Christmas just around the corner, festive season temptations can be a challenge when it comes to maintaining a healthy balance especially for kids.

While everyone should indulge a little these school holidays, head of QUT’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the PEACH program, Professor Lynne Daniel, said it was important to avoid going overboard.

“Regardless of age I think most of us enjoy a few treats at this time of the year, but it’s important not to undo all the good work made during the year towards leading a healthy lifestyle,” Professor Daniels said....

Wed, 2015-06-24 13:55

The PEACH program's very own Dr Helen Vidgen gave her top tips for dealing with fussy eaters in the below Courier Mail article, by Sharnee Rawson.


Dr Helen Vidgen is a dietitian and senior research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and national co-convener of food and nutrition for the Public Health Association of Australia. She has two daughters and loves eating out.


Creative cook Rebecca McGuinness is a high school economics teacher and teaches children’s cooking classes at Putia Pure Food Kitchen, Banyo, and develops recipes that...

Tue, 2015-06-16 14:50

Champion of childhood obesity prevention and former AMA Qld president Dr Shaun Rudd has given the thumbs up to a free state government-funded program from QUT to address rising levels of obesity in children

The PEACH (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) program will roll out again in more than 20 locations around Queensland after the school holidays finish in mid-July.

Dr Rudd said the increasing problem of overweight and obese children in Queensland indicated a genuine need for a program such as PEACH.

“I’m thrilled that Queensland families now have...

Wed, 2015-05-13 12:04

The PEACH program will be running in the following locations in term 3, 2015 (commencing July 20):


- Brisbane Northside (Aspley and North Lakes)
- Brisbane Southside (Dutton Park)
- Brisbane West (Kenmore South)
- Brisbane East (Redlands)
- Logan
- Ipswich and Springfield Lakes
- Sunshine Coast (Currimundi)
- Toowoomba
- Mackay
- Cairns
- Townsville
- Yeppoon
- Gold Coast (Coomera and Burleigh Heads)
- Hervey Bay
- Mt Isa
- Roma
- Charleville
- St George

Mon, 2015-04-27 12:41

When it comes to feeding ourselves and our families we’re lucky to have so many choices. Eating a wide variety of fresh food from the five food groups is optimal but the reality is that ready-made packaged products come in handy especially when life gets busy.

The key to staying healthy is to make the right choices and this means understanding food labels including the nutrition information panel, health star rating and the ingredient list.

The Nutrition Information Panel

The Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) shows how much energy, fat, protein, carbohydrate, sugars...

Mon, 2015-03-23 15:41

Waking to a chocolate egg or two on Easter Sunday is a pleasure most children look forward to, but parents are advised to be moderate and not shower kids with a mountain of chocolate they will be eating for weeks to come.

Dr Helen Vidgen, Senior Research Fellow from QUT’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences which runs the Queensland Government funded PEACH program, promoting healthy weight in children, said some parents and grandparents go overboard with the sweet Easter treats.

“The 2011/12 National Nutrition Survey revealed that Australian kids on average get almost...

Mon, 2014-11-24 12:59

Want to know what the PEACH program is all about? Watch our video and meet one of our wonderful PEACH families who say they are happier and healthier since doing the program. Registrations are now open.

Mon, 2014-11-17 11:32

PEACH groups are currently running in the following locations;


Dutton Park State School

112 Annerley Rd, Dutton Park

Mondays - 4.00-5.30pm


Humpybong State School 

Ernest St, Margate

Mondays - 4.15-5.45pm


Aspely State School

280 Maundrell Terrace, Aspley

Tuesdays - 4.00-5.30pm


Mackenzie Special School

26 Vivaldi Place, Mackenzie

Tuesday 4.00-5.30pm


Bounty Boulevard State School

190 Bounty Boulevard, North Lakes...

Mon, 2014-10-13 15:19

National Nutrition Week raises awareness of the role food plays in our health and wellbeing. This year, Nutrition Australia is encouraging all Australians to take the ‘National Nutrition Week challenge’ by preparing healthy meals every day for seven days.

For inspiration, check out the Queensland Health's Healthier.Happier website which features a range of delicious easy-to-make recipes. These recipes were developed in line with the Dietary Guidelines for Australians and include a variety of foods from the five food groups, are low in fat and limit added sugar and salt. The...

Mon, 2014-08-18 11:00

Families in Brisbane have started the newest PEACH group to kick off in Kelvin Grove. A new group has also commenced in the town of Blackwater in Queensland's Central Highlands Region on September 4. Want to know when your nearest PEACH group is starting? contact us on free call 1800 263 519 or register your details online.

Mon, 2014-06-23 13:01

New PEACH groups have recently kicked off in North Lakes and South Brisbane at the Mater Hospital. Enrolled families will have access to 10 group sessions where they will learn about topics such as nutrition, physical activity and limiting screen time. They will also receive additional support from the PEACH facilitator in the form of three phone calls. At the group sessions, children get to be physically active whilst having fun and making new frirends. Registering for the PEACH program is easy and can be done on this website or by calling free call 1800 263 519.

Mon, 2014-06-23 11:49

Children from the PEACH Caboolture group happily posed for a photo to show off their certificates last week at the completion of the program. Parent facilitator, Fiona Willer, said she was thrilled with the turn out at the last session.
"It was great to how dedicated the families were and the kids were so excited to get their certificates.
"I've really enjoyed getting to know the parents and carers of these children over the past six months and commend them on taking this big step toward adopting a healthier lifestyle."
Also pictured in the photo are...

Tue, 2014-05-27 10:37

Hope Mailman, a parent in the PEACH program Rockhampton has shared her story on ABC Radio - Breakfast with Jacquie Mackay. Hope spoke of how the program has helped her family live a healthier lifestyle by cutting out unhealthy snacks and exercising more as a family. She also said that the support she received from program facilitator and lecturer in nutrition at CQUniversity, Dr Susan Williams, was invaluble in making the changes happen. Click here to listen to the interview -

Tue, 2014-05-13 15:17

Filming is underway for the production of a 5 minute video to showcase what the PEACH program is all about. The video will be posted on our website, shared on social media and used in presentations. Parents enrolled in the Kelvin Grove sessions were kind enough to share their stories on camera and their children, who were filmed having fun in the physical activity session, were thrilled to be on "TV". The video will be launched in June 2014. Stay tuned!

Mon, 2014-04-14 14:31

Everywhere we go we are exposed to advertising – even on the packages of the food we buy – but how much of it is just hype to make us believe we are making healthy choices for our families?

In short, a lot of it is hype.

Manufacturers are competing for your business and while there are rules and regulations about what manufacturers can say, marketers are great a promoting what’s good about their product without telling the whole story.

In general packaged foods have higher amounts of fat, sugar and salt to improve their flavour – so if a product is low in one, it is...

Mon, 2014-04-07 16:06

Families in Toowoomba, Gladstone, Longreach, and Townsville can now sign up to the PEACH Program with new groups set to start from late May. Recruitment is also underway for a second group to commence in Rockhampton in June which will be delivered by Central Queensland University. QUT is partnering with Central and North West Queensland Medicare Local to deliver the program in Longreach, CQ Medicare Local in Gladstone and Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local in Townsville.

Wed, 2014-03-19 10:35

A two-day work shop is being held in Brisbane to train up to 15 new parent facilitators for the next round of PEACH groups commencing this month. Some of the particpants have travelled from far north Queensland to attend the workshop where they will learn how to deliver the 6-month program as well as undertake a media training session. The second round of PEACH groups marks the program's official roll out across the state following implementation of the pilot phase in October 2013.

Wed, 2014-01-29 14:05

The PEACH Program is expanding into two new areas - Northlakes on March 26 and Redlands in April.

Enrolments are also open for new groups to start in Herston and Logan.

Since launching late last year, 123 Queensland families have enrolled into the program with plans to expand across the state over the next three years.

Thu, 2014-01-09 13:03

While the PEACH Program breaks over the festive season, we've put together a newsletter featuring healthy holiday eating and activity tips, lunch box ideas including an easy recipe for apple muffins and a brief round up of family-friendly events taking place in Brisbane, Logan, Caboolture and Rockhampton. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2014!

You can download the newsletter here.

Tue, 2013-12-03 15:16

Planning is currently underway to make the PEACH program available to families in other regions across the state with the following sites earmarked for 2014;

- Redlands
- Northlakes
- Toowoomba
- Hervey Bay
- Mackay
- Townsville
- Mt Isa
- Longreach

This follows the program’s successful start in Brisbane, Logan, Caboolture and Rockhampton with 78 families currently taking part.

PEACH program director and head of QUT’s Nutrition and Exercise Sciences School, Professor Lynne Daniels, says the response from the community to the...

Tue, 2013-11-05 10:23

The PEACH™ Program has launched a Facebook page to connect with people on the community who are interested in healthy living. "Like" our page to receive regular updates on topics such as healthy recipes, lunch box ideas and fun ways to keep kids active as well informative articles related to child health and live Q&A's with our resident dietitian. We'll also be running competitions and giving away great prizes.

Mon, 2013-10-14 10:43

The PEACH™ program kicked off in Logan and Brisbane’s QUT Kelvin Grove Campus on Thursday 17 October, at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane on October 22, The Royal Children’s Hospital in Herston on October 24 and at CQU in Rockhampton on October 30. A group in Caboolture is set to begin on December 4 and there are a few spots left so families in the area thinking of enrolling please contact us now to see if you are eligible.


Tue, 2013-09-24 15:20

See Channel 7's coverage of the PEACH™ program launch in Rockhampton featuring commentary by Dr Susan Williams, Lecturer in Nutrition at CQ University.

View the clip on YouTube now.

Fri, 2013-09-20 15:02

Parents are about to be taught how to fight the food war in a new, free, ground-breaking program rolling out this month across Queensland.

QUT will this month begin offering families places in a $5 million program called PEACH™ (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health). It will be available to families with a child 5-11 years who is above a healthy weight for their age, and will be the largest obesity intervention program to date in Queensland.

The PEACH™ program is funded by Queensland Health under the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health - Healthy...

Fri, 2013-08-23 15:56

Facilitators are now being trained to deliver the PEACH™ program to the community as part of the pilot implementation offering places to 75 Queensland families.

The program facilitators have a minimum of an undergraduate qualification in a health related discipline or field, experience in group facilitation and experience in working with families.

They will run the program is five locations across Brisbane, Logan and Rockhampton.