About Healthy Families Monash

Welcome to the Healthy Families in Monash Website.

It’s important for children to learn good eating habits at an early age as these behaviours can shape their health and lifestyle later on in life. The Healthy Families in Monash website offers parents a comprehensive guide to healthy eating and being active.

The Greater Monash GP Network (GMGPN) was funded by the Department of Health and Ageing to conduct a pilot project titled Healthy Families in Monash. The project was funded by a Healthy Active Australia Community and Schools Grant.

The objective of the project was to assist parents to provide a healthy and active lifestyle for their children. An integral part of the project is a website which is available to all parents of primary school aged children in the City of Monash.

Parents of five local schools were invited to attend free workshops, providing practical and reliable information facilitated by local dietitians from Monashlink Community Health Service.

We hope that this website will provide your family with helpful resources, recipes, tips and ideas about healthy eating and being active.  Feel free to contact us with comments or questions.

We would like to acknowledge the support and assistance of numerous organisations and individuals in helping this project. Please visit our acknowledgment page for a full list.

Happy reading!

From the Healthy Families in Monash Team

Optifast Shakes

Optifast Shakes

Optifast shakes remain one of the best and easiest ways to lose weight without dealing with counting calories and carbs.
What is an Optifast Shake?
Optifast shakes are designed to give an individual the ability to consume a nutritious, delicious drink without being concerned about counting, measuring and monitoring food intake. Instead of following a complicated regimen of limited foods and exercise, Optifast shakes provide a person with a medically supervised way to lose weight and get healthy once again.
Image for Optifast VLCD Chai Flavour Shake - 12 x 53g Sachets from Amcal
Image for Optifast VLCD Vanilla Shake - 18 x 53g Sachets from Amcal How the Optifast Program Works
Optifast succeeds by using a health-packed shake in place of a regular meal. Because you are
 not eating actual food, you may have a better chance of succeeding using Optifast rather than a limited di
et. And because your program is medically supervised, you can rest assured that the process is safe.
At first, you will rely on Optifast Vanilla Shake at Amcal shakes as the basis for your nutritional needs. Over the course of the program, which usually lasts 26 weeks, you will lose weight and gradually transition back to meals you prepare yourself at home. These meals, along with expert support and patient education, will allow you to regain a healthy lifestyle and become the person you’ve always dreamed of becoming.
Meal Replacement Diets
Meal replacement diets have some advantages over food limitation diets. Meal replacement diets allow you to keep only the shakes and specialized diet foods you need in your home, alleviating the temptations of less healthy food choices. Also, meal replacement diets come with supervision and help when you need it. For weight loss success, choose Optifast shakes.
If you’ve tried diets before and failed, give Amcal Optifast Chocolate Shake a try. The only thing you have to lose is weight.

Best breast pump for you

Tips On Selecting The Most Appropriate Breast Pumps For You

Purchasing a Avent Breast Pump at Amcalis a must for all women who are giving birth. While you may decide to mainly breastfeed, there are times where you are still going to need a pump. This can be due to the need to increase your breast milk supply, eliminate engorgement of your breasts, or simply to allow others to feed your baby.

Types of Breast Pumps

There are currently three types of breast pumps that are available for purchase. You may want to check with your insurance company to see if they will cover a certain type. Let’s take a look at each one of these below.

Image for Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump from Amcal

Double Electric Breast Pumps:

This is one of the most popular pumps out there. It works to simultaneously pump both breasts. This greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to pump in one sitting. In addition, the double pump has been proven to increase milk production.

Single Electric Breast Pumps: 

As you have probably guessed, these pumps work on one breast at a time. Because these pumps are electronic, they free up your hands. This allows you to massage the breasts to help with production levels.

Manual Breast Pumps: 

These Tommee Tippee Breast Pump at Amcal Online work with a lever that allows the mother to control the speed of the output. While many prefer the electric pumps that they don’t have to manually pump, these manual pumps do come in handy when you are out somewhere that doesn’t have power.

Components To Consider When Picking Breast Pumps

Image for Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump from Amcal

Now that you have a good idea of the three types of breast pumps that are out there for you to use, it’s time to figure out the ideal pump for you. In your search, there are some things you need to take into consideration. These are all listed below.

How Much Does The Pump Weigh? 

This is one factor that many women forget to take into account until after they make their purchase. You will be wearing and lugging around your pump. You want to make sure that it is lightweight.

Does It Need A Power Source? 

If you decide to go with either the single or double electronic breast pumps, you will need some source of power. Some of these require traditional wall outlets, while others run on batteries.

What Does It Cost? 

Finding a pump within your price range is necessary. If you have insurance, you should see which types of breast pumps they cover as this could factor into your decision on which pump you purchase.

How Portable Is It? 

It’s likely you are going to run into situations where you need to pump outside of the home. This can create a problem if your pump is not very portable. Keep in mind that even at home you may want to go with a more portable option so you can move around the house when pumping.

Do They Have Customer Support? 

Choosing the right brand can make all the difference. Look for brands that have a good record of customer service. If you run into an issue with your pump, a speedy remedy is necessary.

Buy a  breast pump here – https://www.amcal.com.au/breast-pumps

Daily use of Musashi Protein Powder

Why Should You Use Musashi Protein Powder Daily?

No, you don’t need to be a bodybuilder to drink Musashi protein powder. There are actually many reasons why everyday people should be consuming more protein on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at some of these reasons below.

Image for Musashi Bulk Mass Gain Protein Powder Chocolate Milkshake - 2. 28Kg from Amcal

Protein is responsible for building muscle in the human body. If you want to look more toned you need to be drinking Musashi protein powder daily. The best times to consume protein is when you get out of bed, just prior to working out, or just after your workout session.

For those of you who are looking to lose weight, you should know that when your body builds more muscle it boosts your metabolism. A higher metabolic rate allows for more fat burning. Also, using Musashi Vanilla Protein at Amcal as a meal replacement can help to control your caloric intake. You can see how many calories, carbs, and fat are in each serving right on the back of the container. This makes it super simple when you are tracking your daily caloric intake.

Image for Musashi Bulk Extreme Powder Chocolate Thickshake - 2. 25Kg from Amcal

Musashi protein powder gives you a base for a meal that you can mix with other nutrient-dense foods. Some examples include frozen berries and peanut butter. This will allow you to have a tasty meal that will fill you up and give you the protein you need to be strong.

For those of you who are bodybuilders or powerlifters, Amcal Cookies Cream Bar is a very convenient product. You can use it to consume a large amount of quality protein each day that you just simply can’t seem to stomach with solid food.

How To Use Musashi Protein Powder? 

You can order Musashi protein powder online. It is available in many different flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, unflavored, and chocolate mint. There are different size containers as well so you can purchase a small one to start and change flavors as much as you like.

There are many different forms of Musashi protein powder you can get. If you are working to build muscle, then using one of their rapid gainer or mass products is best. This will ensure you get the maximum amount of protein possible per serving.

For those looking to lose weight, one of the low carbohydrate or shredding powders is a better option. For those with sensitive stomachs, choosing a whey protein isolate over regular powders can help to eliminate unwanted digestion problems.

To learn more visit: https://www.amcal.com.au/brands/our-musashi-range