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  • Food for the mind: Boosting your mental wellbeing

    This blog was written by Andie Murphy, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    October is World Mental Health month, which led me to think about the effects COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions were having on my own and my families physical and mental wellbeing. So I decided to look deeper at the link between the food we eat and its effects on our mental wellbeing. I commenced by observing what foods I was eating when I was feeling stressed and anxious.

    My observations, that you too may be able to relate to, were:

    • Feeling ‘hangry’ – (hunger and angry at the same time) when a meal is skipped or meal time is late
    • Feeling a sense of brain fog or decrease in energy, particularly in the afternoon
    • Starting to crave and reach out for those higher in sugar foods
    • Allowing emotions to influence meal choices
    • Uncertainty around whether you are hungry or thirsty.

    On reflection, ...

  • Creating a safe place for learning at Carrum Downs Secondary College

    This blog was written by Kristen Young, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    It is no secret that 2020 has been an extremely challenging year.

    With Frankston and Mornington Peninsula communities learning and working remotely at the moment, the Health Promotion Team at Peninsula Health has had to think creatively and change how we support schools, sporting clubs and workplaces to be healthy settings.

    Despite the challenging circumstances, this month, our Health Promotion Team worked closely with Carrum Downs Secondary College, to receive recognition from Victoria Government for their hard work in promoting mental health and wellbeing at school.

    The school has solid programs in place, such as SAFE Minds, a framework which enables teachers to quickly identify students who may be struggling with their mental health, by identifying symptoms early, linking students to the mental health support they need to thrive.

    The school supports the wellbeing of students, ...

  • Healthy habits to hold onto during the pandemic

    Many people are discovering more time for things during Covid-19 restrictions.

    This blog was written by Madeline Tatham, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    We all know that it is important for our health to be physically active, and we are learning more and more about the importance of taking care of our mental health, and how this impacts our overall health. But not everyone knows the significance of the relationship between our physical and mental health, and how the two interact.

    So in this piece we explore this a little further. We’ve also included some snaps of out team members throughout doing their own joyful movement!

    Maintaining mental health and regular physical activity is more important now than ever

    In this article by The Conversation, the authors highlight that stress has been a major implication for many during the coronavirus pandemic. But on a more positive note, they ...

  • The simple things during Covid-19: The feeling of clean fresh air

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

    Currently we are in the heart of winter, yet there is nothing like the feeling of clean fresh air.

    When someone says the phrase ‘clean fresh air’, you imagine stepping outside on a lovely day with blue skies and filling the lungs with a single, deep and slow breath.

    You may even opt for a walk, ride or visit to the local park!

    To help everyone do this in a clean and healthy place, local partners across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region have worked hard to reduce second hand smoke in a number of places across our community.

    It's places like sports facilities, cafés and shopping centres that have welcomed smoke free areas to help support the health and wellbeing of others.

    We know it’s more important than ever to keep well and our immune system strong. ...

  • 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 ...

  • How Health Promotion is making a difference in our community

    Peninsula Health's Health Promotion team visits The Briars in Mount Martha.

    This blog was written by Belinda Tascone, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    What is Health Promotion?

    Health Promotion work focuses on preventing ill-health or injury, by taking action to improve the health and wellbeing of the whole population (rather than individuals) before the onset of illness or injury.

    The Health Promotion team at Peninsula Heath are guided by the Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019–2023, which focuses on the key areas listed below. Peninsula Health’s Health Promotion Team focuses on some of these areas across the community in places like schools, sporting clubs and within our very own workplace at Peninsula Health.

    • Tackling climate change and its impact on health
    • Reducing injury
    • Preventing all forms of violence
    • Increasing healthy eating
    • Decreasing the risk of drug resistant infections in the community
    • Increasing active living
    • Improving mental wellbeing
    • Improving sexual and reproductive health
    • Reducing tobacco-related harm
    • Reducing harmful ...
    • Routine, connection and space: Staying healthy when working from home

      When working from home it's important to invest in daily rituals to help separate work and personal time.

      This blog was written by Madeline Tatham, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

      2020 has been chaotic and unexpected year so far.

      Like countless employees across many organisations, our health promotion team has transitioned to working from home (WFH) for this ever-changing period of Covid-19. 

      We have come across some great advice, coming from a wide range of reliable sources. We've also been hearing many useful tips, as they're shared among shared colleagues, friends and family.

      As this is now the new normal for many of us, we want to share some of our learnings to help you prioritise your health and wellbeing during this evolving time.

      Working from home with others in the house

      When it comes to WFH, many of us will find that we need to share a work space ...

    • Frankston Preschool recognised as a health promoting early childhood service

      This blog was written by Madeline Tatham, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

      Frankston Preschool has become just the second early childhood service in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula region as of January this year, to accomplish all six Achievement Program health priority areas.

      For this it’s received State Government recognition as a health promoting early childhood service.

      Health Promotion has supported the preschool with activities including, reviewing and updating their mental health and wellbeing and tobacco, alcohol and other drugs policies to align with Achievement Program requirements, and signing on to the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula SmokeFree Charter.

      The preschool which is a Community Kinders Plus service, registered with the Achievement Program back in 2013, and has been working hard at it ever since.

      One of the best things about the Achievement Program is that there is no time frame, schedule or order, within which the priority ...

    • Tennis club creates a welcoming environment for LGBTIQ community

      This blog was written by Chris Kirkpatrick, Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.  

      Sporting clubs can create a powerful ripple effect far beyond the playing field for LGBTIQ people and their allies. There are strategies clubs can adopt to make everyone; the players, the umpires, the volunteers and the spectators, feel that they belong and can freely participate. 

      Together with the Belvedere Park Tennis Club, Frankston City Council and LGBTIQ social group ‘Out on the Peninsula’, we celebrated Midsumma with a tennis and picnic day in Seaford.

      “We have created a safe and inclusive place for the rainbow community to come along and have some fun,” says Kerry Scott, President of Belvedere Park Tennis Club.

      “It’s a fantastic tennis club and we want to show our support for the LGBTIQ community, their families and their allies.”

      The LGBTIQ community make up ...

    • The Community Plate

      This blog was written by Nikki Hale, Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

      The Community Plate is a local collaboration looking for ways to make better connections between our local community and healthy food. It can be hard to keep our body, environment, and community healthy when we are surrounded by unhealthy food a lot of the time.

      “Poor diets are bigger than an individual problem. Poor diets affect our health, our environment, our local economy and our health care system. What we eat is influenced by more than choice and includes how we make, grow, access, buy and consume foods,” says Councillor Michael O’Reilly, Frankston City Council.

      The Community Plate is on a mission to find ways to connect more people in our community with fresh, healthy food. Eating fresh, healthy food helps us to be ...