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The Murdoch Children's Research Institute blog Featuring stories, opinons and news from our research team, patients and staff.

Every parent wants to give their child the best start to life, but with the overwhelming amount of information available for parents and parents-to-be it can be difficult to know what to trust. Increasing evidence shows that the best time to invest in our children’s health is at the very start (conception). The message isn’t just for mothers; fathers, grandparents, and society all play a vital role in shaping the health and wellbeing of our children.
Choosing to eat healthy food, be physically active, avoid sexually transmitted infections and limit the intake of alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances are decisions that do not come easily to those without knowledge of their own health. It requires people to be empowered to make those decisions, and live in communities that make the healthier choice easy.