We are committed to providing opportunities for our community members to participate in healthy lifestyle activities and to increasing the general wellbeing our community.
On this page you will find information about:
- The OPAL Network
- Summer Activity Ideas
- Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
- Breastfeeding Friendly Venues
- Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum PD Workshops
- Better Barbie Kit
- Upcoming Events and Workshops
- Helpful Resources and Links
The Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Network is a joint program between state and local government that focuses on supporting children and their families to live healthy and active lifestyles through developing themes and initiatives.
We have signed up to the OPAL Network and aims to bring these initiatives and themes to the local community and assist families with children to eat well and be active.
For more information on OPAL visit the OPAL Website.
Summer is a great time to get outdoors with your friends and family and there are so many great things you can do around Holdfast Bay. We have put together a list of free and low cost activities you can try at different reserves and facilities around our community.
Packing a healthy lunch box for kindergarten or school can be quite easy. Here are some key tips to follow and some good resources to check out.
Three key tips:
- Try to include each of the 5 food groups
- Include water as the main drink
- Keep food safe by including an ice brick or thermos
For ideas on how to include the 5 food groups read our Healthy Lunch Box Ideas(232 kb) resource.
Another great source of ideas is the Pick and Mix Healthy Lunch Box(442 kb) resource created by Healthy Together Victoria.
Breastfeeding Welcome Here Venues are businesses that have become recognised as breastfeeding friendly by The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA). These businesses include community centres, health care centres and cafes and restaurants.
Venues that have been recognised as breastfeeding friendly may have a Breastfeeding Welcome Here sticker at the front of their venue or may be listed on the ABA website.
Businesses that are recognised by ABA as breastfeeding friendly meet the following requirements:
- A welcoming attitude from staff and management
- A smoke free environment
- Room to move a pram
How to Become a Breastfeeding Welcome Here Venue?
We are keen to encourage more local businesses and venues to join the Breastfeeding Welcome Here program. If your venue meets all of the above criteria, and you are interested in becoming a breastfeeding friendly venue, please click here to register. Please note, there is no cost to register your venue.
Once registered, you will be listed on the ABA website as a breastfeeding friendly venue and be sent 5 Breastfeeding Welcome Here stickers, which can be displayed anywhere in your venue.
For additional information on how to create a supportive environment for breastfeeding you can read the Picture Perfect resource created by the Cities of Campbelltown and Charles Sturt and SA Health.
In partnership with Natural Resource Management Education and the City of West Torrens, we are going to be offering a range of professional development sessions to our schools and early learning centres around connecting outdoor learning activities to the curriculum.
The first of these workshops will be around 'Connecting Outdoor Learning to Curriculum' and will be held in Term 1 2017. The session will provide support and information around simple ways to link school food gardens and outdoor activities to the curriculum.
The ‘Australian Barbeque’ is an essential part of Australian tradition that has been loved by many thousands throughout Australia. BBQ’s are delivered through sporting clubs, businesses, community organisations and schools for fundraisers or special events and let’s not forget in our very own backyards.
Typically the foods and beverages served at a BBQ are sausages in bread with sauce and cans of soft drink. The nutritional quality of these options is often not good as they are predominantly high in saturated fat, sugar and salt. Improving the quality of the food and beverage served could be an easy way to help improve the health and wellbeing of our community. The OPAL Better Barbie Kit is a great tool to make those simple nutritional changes to the traditional barbeque, whilst still keeping the Australian tradition alive and cooking!
- Linking Curriculum to Outdoor Learning- Term 1 2017