Lead Alliance releases healthy eating book

 The Living with Lead Alliance will have recipe and healthy eating booklets at its community information sessions next month in Mount Isa.

It is using the sessions to launch its 2011-13 Action Plan and 2010-11 annual report as well as the book and brochures which demonstrate how to reduce the amount of lead absorbed into the body, the North West Star reports.

Betty Kiernan, the member for Mount Isa and chairman of the Living with Lead Alliance, said the recipes in the booklet are all high in zinc, calcium, iron and vitamin C, which can help to protect children against high lead blood levels.

"One of the key indicators related to elevated lead levels in children is to do with diet, so the Alliance, along with Queensland Health has developed this recipe book which is very clear about what families need in terms of vitamins and minerals to help reduce the amount of lead absorbed," Kiernan told the North West Star.

According to the Living with Lead Alliance website "young children are at greater risk of high blood lead levels as they tend to put things into their mouths, toddlers and young children need frequent meals and snacks, a full stomach and a diet rich in calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamin c can help protect children against high blood lead levels. A child with an empty stomach may absorb more lead than a child that has eaten."

The information session will be held on Monday, 7 November.


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