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News: Early nutrition is key; Fertility Week; and are you financially fit?

early nutrition is keyWhat is making news in the world of parenting and pregnancy this week?

What are medical experts saying parents and parents-to-be can do to lower their child’s risk of developing certain allergic and metabolic diseases in later life?

What are the key messages during this year’s Fertility Week (September 1-8)?

And what services can women access for free to ensure that their financial futures are secure?

Parents hold key to disease prevention

The child’s risk of becoming obese or developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or allergy can be reduced by the right nutrition before they are three-years-old.

According to the Early Life Nutrition Report – developed by a panel of medical experts to provide an overview of research finding and evidence-based recommendations – the early years represent a critical window of opportunity for parents to lower the risks of their children developing certain allergic and metabolic diseases in later life.

Put simply, for many metabolic and allergic diseases, the stage is set well before a child can reach the fridge door.

Neonatologist Associate Professor John Sinn says while many women know about what not to eat during pregnancy not enough parents know what they can do to reduce their child’s risk of disease in later life.

“Nutrition is one of the most easily modified environmental factors during early life,” he says.

“Planning, expectant and current parents should be informed of the significant role of good early life nutrition in ensuring the long-term health of their children.”

The report has a list of evidence-based actions for parents that can help reduce the risk of metabolic and allergic disease in later life.

To see what you can do to help lower your child’s risk during preconception, pregnancy and early childhood visit

Fertility Week – it’s about timing!

Did you know that if a woman has sex six or more days before she ovulates, the chance she will get pregnant is virtually zero?

Timing and fertility is the focus of Fertility Week (September 1-7) this year.

Most Australians want to have children but about 10 per cent of couples have difficulty conceiving and the use of IVF is increasing.

Fertility Week is about giving Australians the facts so that people can make informed decisions about conceiving and having a healthy baby.

You can find more helpful information about timing of intercourse and other things you can do to improve your chance of having a baby when the time is right for you and your partner at

You can also read our articles from Fertility Coalition spokesperson Louise Johnson.

Are you financially fit?

Aussie women can make sure they’re not falling behind financially by taking the Female Financial Fitness Challenge during MoneySmart Week this week.

Minister for Human Services Senator Marise Payne says it is never too early for women to take control of their financial futures.

She says the department’s Financial Information Service offers free face-to-face information and public seminars that can help give women the skills they need to stay on top of their finances as they move towards retirement.

“It’s never too early to start, and that is especially true if you are working age and able to make small changes now that will reap big dividends when you reach retirement,” she says.

“If women leave financial matters solely to their partners, they can be left picking up the financial pieces at the most difficult times if they separate, or their partner passes away.”

Take the Female Financial Fitness Challenge at or to book a meeting with a Financial Information Service officer or to find a list of upcoming Financial Information Service seminars in your area, at

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