Programs and services
Healthy Eating Advisory Service
The Healthy Eating Advisory Service aims to help organisations provide and promote healthier foods and drinks to improve the health of all Victorians.
Early childhood services, outside school hours care, schools, hospitals, sport and recreation centres, tertiary education and parks are supported to provide healthier foods and drinks in their menus and through catering, food outlets and vending.
The Achievement Program is a Victorian prevention initiative aimed at improving people's health where they live, learn, work and play. Launched in 2012, it boasts a membership of more than 3000 early childhood services, schools and workplaces from around Victoria.
The VicHealth H30 Challenge is a campaign encouraging Victorians to make a simple 30-day pledge to replace every sugary drink they would normally drink with water.
The Victorian State Government has partnered with Foodbank Victoria to establish the School Breakfast Clubs program. The program will deliver healthy breakfast foods to 500 of the most disadvantaged primary schools across Victoria. It will commence in 2016 and enable children to enjoy a nutritious breakfast, allowing them to engage and participate fully in all the educational and social opportunities that the school years offer.
Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel provides up-to-date and easy to understand online health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in.
Nutrition for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children
Raising Children Network is the complete parenting resource for all stages from pregnancy to newborns to teens. The website offers research-based content on hundreds of topics for children and grown-ups.
Melbourne is renowned for the city bike paths. Take a look at Melbourne Parks and Activities.
People & Parks Foundation
The People & Parks foundation connect people to nature to help improve their health and wellbeing, and we contribute to making natural environments healthy and accessible for future generations. There are activities in parks across Victoria throughout the year. Visit the website for more information. http://activeinparks.org/find-an-activity/
The Victorian Government recommends exclusive breastfeeding from birth to 6 months of age and supportive environments to encourage breastfeeding. See (links) for further information.
School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has implemented the School Canteens and Other School Food Services policy in public school canteens. The policy is based on a ‘traffic light’ system: GREEN – fill the menu; AMBER – select carefully; RED – select occasionally; and BANNED - off the menu.
Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart is a physical activity and fundraising program for schools.
It is a great way to keep our kids hearts healthy while raising vital funds for the Heart Foundation
Learn more about the Jump Rope for Heart program.
The Crunch&Sip program operates in many Western Australian schools. It is a set classroom break during which students are encouraged to eat fruit or vegetables and drink water in the classroom each day. It is an easy way to ensure your child is encouraged to eat healthy. Speak to your school about becoming involved in the C&S program, for more information visit the Crunch&Sip website.
Schools Traffic Light System
The Western Australian Department of Education has implemented the Healthy Food and Drink policy in public school canteens. The policy is based on a ‘traffic light’ system: GREEN – fill the menu; AMBER – select carefully; and RED – off the menu.
TravelSmart to School helps Western Australian students get healthy and active by increasing walking and cycling to school.
Parent or teacher champions work with student teams and run activities like slow bike races on National Ride to School Day, in class activities, excursions on public transport and mapping walk to school zones. Check out Coolbinia Primary’s Fume Free Friday campaign in this five minute video.
For more information visit the TravelSmart website.
School Breakfast Clubs
School breakfast programs can improve access to nutritious food for students who may be going to school hungry.
Australian Red Cross runs Good Start Breakfast Clubs throughout Western Australia. For further information, contact Australian Red Cross directly.
Foodbank WA runs School Breakfast Programs as part of their Healthy Food For All program throughout Western Australia. For further information, contact Foodbank WA directly.
Other programs and services
Walking school buses
A Walking School bus is a fun way to travel to school powered by legs instead of an engine. It travels along a set route picking up or dropping off children on the way. It is planned to best suit the needs of the families using it – for example everyday/ once a week/ in the mornings or afternoons. It relies on at least 2 parents supervising, one walking ‘driving’ at the front and one at the back. Anyone can join at the designated ‘bus stops’ along the route.
Setting up or participating in a walking school bus can help;
- Reduce traffic congestion around schools; making roads, and active transport safer
- Promote children’s learning of road safety
- Promote social connected-ness; walking is a great way to get to know your neighbourhood – and neighbours!
The Walking School Bus program is run through the Department of Transport’s TravelSmart initiative. It is a free program. http://tsts.com.au/WSB
Perth is renowned for the city bike paths. Take a look at the Department of Transport website http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/activetransport/26081.asp for family bike paths and ideas to get out and explore the city.
Your Move is all about helping people find simple ways to get active and connected. Offering information and support tailored to your lifestyle to make it easier to get active your way, visit http://yourmove.org.au
Nature Play WA
RAC (Royal Automobile Club)
Pedestrian Council of Australia, Bicycle Transport Alliance - Bicycle Users Group (BUGs).