Child Care News for Parents March 2, 2016 |®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 2, 2016
Are you one of the many Aussies who rely on grandparent carers to mind your kids while you are at work? Read our article to ensure this arrangement works in the long term. Also do you have any idea how much salt you and your family consume in a day? It's salt awareness week. We reveal the culprits for hidden salt and how to reduce your intake.
The grandparent trap
55% say grandparents should be paid for child care
A recent poll in the Sydney Morning Herald resulted in 55% of respondents saying that grandparents should be paid for child care.

The poll was held by the SMH on the back of its article reporting on a survey commissioned by the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency that revealed 37% of Grandparents want to be paid for child care, although this is likely to be more due to reticence to speak out.
  • 23% of grandparents polled said they would like to look after their grandchildren less than they do
  • 58% say they have had to sacrifice their own lifestyle and recreation
  • 30% have had to alter their own work arrangements.
These figures are supported by research which revealed a significant increase in the number of grandparent carers from 16 per cent in 2014 to 22 per cent in 2015.
World salt awareness week
High salt intake is just as dangerous and damaging to our health as a high sugar intake, but much less talked about. It can raise your blood pressure, which increases your risk of strokes and heart attacks at any age. World Salt Awareness week is this week. It's a chance to learn more about hidden salt in food and what it can do to the health of you and your family.

This year AWASH (the Australian arm of World Action on Salt) will be supporting World Salt Awareness Week, and raising awareness about the high levels of salt that is still hidden in our foods.

Our bodies only need between 500mg and one gram of salt per day. We should not eat any more than 6 grams or one teaspoon of salt per day, but Australian adults eat an average of nine grams of salt each day.

The trouble is that we don't know we're eating it most of the time, because it's hidden salt that's already in the food we're eating. It's estimated that 75% of the salt we eat is hidden in the food we buy.
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