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:
- Spring Activity ideas
- OPAL- Life Looks Brighter Outside
- Mental Health
- Healthy Kids Menu Initiative
- Breastfeeding Friendly Venues
- Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
- Better Barbie Kit
- Helpful Resources and Links
Spring has sprung which means that there are lots of exciting things starting to grow outdoors for you to explore. We're sure you have lots of great outdoor activity ideas, but in case you are looking for a few more, check out our Spring Activity Ideas list.
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.
Living a healthy and active lifestyle is beneficial not only for your physical health but your mental wellbeing as well. There are lots of great things you can do as a family and by yourself to keep active and feeling healthy.
Great Ideas for Supporting Healthy Habits
You can help your children establish healthy habits that they’ll (hopefully) carry throughout their lives. The best thing you can do is to set an example and make living healthily a positive and enjoyable option, rather than something to be persevered through.
If you’re not sure where to start, beyondblue have put together some tips to help you around the topics of:
- Physical activity and hobbies
- Healthy eating
- Social activity and healthy relationships
- Good sleep habits
Headspace Meditation App
Headspace have created a fun app that teaches you how to meditate. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple, teaching you life-changing mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day. With a bit more clarity of mind, what couldn’t you do?
The Healthy Kids Menu initiative encourages venues to offer healthier menu options for children so you can make healthier choices when you and your family eat out. Eating healthier meals helps grow healthier kids and supports a healthy future for South Australia.
To become a Healthy Kids Menu venue, café’s, restaurants, pubs, hotels and clubs need to offer a kids menu where 50% of the options meet the following criteria:
- Include at least ½ a cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of salad
- Are prepared using small quantities of health fats and oils
- Do not include any shallow or deep fried foods. High-fat processed meats (i.e. salami) or savoury pastries.
Find out about Healthy Kids Menu venues located near you on the Healthy Kids Menu 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.
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!