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The simple things during Covid-19: Enjoying life with great food

This blog was written by Natalie Oldaker, Health Promotion Team Leader at Peninsula Health.

An exciting life is one of stimulating experiences.

Currently some of these are on hold for you, but there are still some simple ways we can continue enjoying life such as with great tasty food.

There is no denying that we all love a good meal. It makes us feel good, puts a smile on our face and has us craving for more.

And it’s no myth how healthy food and drinks help us go about our day with more ease and energy.

So with this in mind, and our current climate where both physical and mental health are fundamental, we could all do with more fresh, healthy food in our lives.

To give everyone a fair and equal chance to have control over their health, local partners across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region have worked together on reducing the number of sugary drinks in our community.

This work proved how small changes have big impacts! Data tracking from July 2017 to September 2019 found a decrease in almost 20,000 teaspoons of sugar for sale across our community.

So that’s drinks covered, but what about food? A recent analysis by Associate Professor Peter Howley and Research Fellow Neel Ocean showed that increases in the consumption of fruit and vegetables are linked to increases in self reported mental wellbeing and life satisfaction.

If you’ve been thinking of ways to improve the mental wellbeing of yourself or your family, it could be as simple as adding some extra fruit and veg here and there.

You could do this by growing your own food or by finding fresh local food. If you’ve been pondering about starting to grow your own food, a Choice article called ‘Starting a vegetable garden’ gives great tips on where to start, such as planting herbs, lettuce and tomatoes.

They also mention how growing produce is cost effective, so it’s a win-win for all. On the other hand, if you are keen to find out where you can access fresh produce across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Region, check out the links below:

If you are interested in creating healthy environments, would like to partner with us, or have a question, please contact us at: healthpromotion@phcn.vic.gov.au