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:
- OPAL- Life Looks Brighter Outside
- Life Looks Brighter Outside Challenge
- Breastfeeding Friendly Venues
- Healthy Catering Handbook
- Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
- Better Barbie Kit
- Upcoming Events and Workshops
- Helpful Resources and Links
As part of the City of Holdfast Bay’s involvement in the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Network, Council will be participating in the “Life Looks Brighter Outside” theme from June 2017 to June 2018. The Life Looks Brighter Outside theme aims to support families to enjoy time together through exploring local parks and playgrounds.
Getting active outdoors has real benefits to children in terms of their physical and mental health and Local Councils have a wide range of parks, playgrounds, bike paths and walking trails where this outdoor play can occur. Keep an eye out for some resources and displays around our Council buildings and libraries and for the different initiatives we will be running throughout the community.
The 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. For more information on OPAL visit the OPAL Website.
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.
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 is interested in becoming a breastfeeding friendly venue, please click here to register. Please note, there is no cost to register your venue.
We have worked with our local restaurants, cafes and catering businesses to create a Healthy Catering Handbook that highlights healthier catering options available for purchase and approximate pricing.
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.
The ‘Australian Barbeque’ is an essential part of Australian tradition. 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 the best as they are 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!