Partner agencies shared responsibility for implementing the action plan. A summary of each of the key initiatives follows. For more information and publications and or resources relating to key initiatives please click on the links below:
Healthy Living in Australia Program worked with culturally diverse communities in Clayton South and Clarinda. The program aimed to promote active lifestyles and healthier eating patterns for children and families by improving knowledge, skills and confidence. The program consisted of community engagement activities, workshops and forum and a peer education program.
Playtime Buddies used an existing supported playgroup to promote being active and eating well among families with preschool aged children. Sessions gave families the opportunity to take part in fun active play, healthy snacks, positive role modelling, and cooking demonstrations.
Bizzy Bodies was introduced to an existing after-school club and successfully created a focus on being active, having fun and enjoying healthy foods for primary school aged children (6-12 years) who live on the Dunkley Fox housing estate in Highett.
Community Kitchens are groups of people that come together to socialise and enjoy good food. The program develops confidence and skills in planning and preparing healthy and tasty meals on a budget.
Working with Primary Schools and Early Childhood Services
- Tai Chi for Kidz is a non-competitive and fun program to improve concentration, coordination, strength and balance. The program was trialled at Sandringham Primary School in 2009 and expanded to Clarinda Primary School in 2010.
- Ben and Molly Puppet Show is an innovative healthy eating puppet show for children aged 3-6 years. As a result of the demonstrated success of the program, project funds were allocated to produce an additional puppet show kit and training package. This allowed the expansion of the availability of the program to a second municipal area as well as skilling up early childhood staff to deliver the program, freeing dietitians to work on other healthy eating initiatives.
- Kids – 'Go for your life' Awards Program is a state wide initiative available to all Victorian primary schools and early childhood services and aims to make healthy eating and active play a positive, normal and easy part of every child's day. The award program recognises schools and services that provide a healthy and supportive environment. Being Active Eating Well supported the local delivery of the awards program.
- Being Active Eating Well Grants - participating primary schools were invited to apply for two rounds of small grants (up to $5,500) to create supportive environments for healthy eating and active play.
- Active Play Kits – an active play kit loan scheme was established to support families to increase active play for preschool aged children.
Active Play Program – Training was provided for Early Childhood Services staff around the importance of active play
Healthy Message Campaign
A healthy message campaign was run to raise awareness of important project messages. The project adopted key healthy messages from the Kids – 'Go for your life' program and developed some new messages. Activities included social marketing training for workers, development of project newsletters; production of sets of healthy message display banners; library story time kits and using resources such as posters, fact sheets, displays and booklets as well as developing a healthy eating resource for families with children 1-4 years of age. Healthy messages were embedded into all programs. For more information about the Being Active Eating Well initiatives please refer to the final project report available under Publications and Resources.