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  • Creative Kids Early Learning Centre focuses on healthy eating for children, staff and families

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

    Congratulations to the Creative Kids Early Learning Centre in Mornington who have put in an amazing effort to help create a healthier environment for their children, staff and families.

    With a recent focus on promoting healthy eating, working hard to enhance their menu and educate their community, the service has now attained Achievement Program recognition for Healthy Eating and Oral Health.

    Creative Kids Early Learning began their journey to become a health promoting early childhood service back in September 2019, when they registered with the Achievement Program – a Victorian best practice framework that supports early childhood services, schools and workplaces to become healthy places. This framework, which reaches over 1,000 Victorian workplaces, 700 schools and 1,300 early childhood services, is supported by the Health Promotion Team at Peninsula Health.

    The Centre Director ...

  • Peninsula Health is increasing healthy food and drink options to support your wellbeing

    This blog was written by Andie Murphy, an IUHPE – Registered Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    We know that when we increase the availability of healthy food and drink options it supports our overall wellbeing. 

    What is the Healthy Choices Policy Directive? 

    Peninsula Health has been working with Healthy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS) to support The Victorian Department of Health's 'Healthy Choices Policy Directive', which directs all public hospitals and health services to ensure that healthier food and drinks are sold, provided and promoted at their facilities. For further information: Healthy Choices Policy Directive

    As a large healthcare organisation, Peninsula Health believes it is has an important leadership role in providing our people with ...

  • Student leadership shines at Overport Primary School

    Student Health Ambassadors work hard to promote sun protection at Overport Primary. Photo: Supplied.

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

    Overport Primary, located in Frankston South, celebrated 20 years of being a sun smart school this year. Student leaders were invited to contribute their bright ideas to update the schools sun smart policy and then promote key health messages amongst their student peers. “I feel really proud to be a Student Health Ambassador and I had fun planning our school wide sun protection celebration” said Louis, Overport Primary student.

    As an added bonus, the school was awarded Sun Protection recognition through the Achievement Program, a reward for the schools hard work in the health and wellbeing space.

    “Despite the challenges of remote learning in the ...

  • The link between climate change and our health – action today for a healthier tomorrow

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

    Have you thought about how our health and the health of our family is connected to climate change? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Most Victorians haven’t thought about this. In this blog we will focus on the link between our health and climate change and how by healthy eating we can not only improve our health but also the health of the planet.

    What is climate change?

    Climate change is caused by increases in the amount of gases in the air, which make the earth’s temperature rise.  These gases come from fossil fuels and are called greenhouse gases and are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.  The consequences of climate change are higher than average temperatures and overall less rainfall.  It is because ...

  • Health Promotion – Key achievements in our community 2017-2021

    This blog was written by Taylah Steer, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health. Infographic created by Eva Nikolitsis, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

    Over the last four years, the Health Promotion team have been busy creating interventions and actions across local settings; education (schools and early years), neighbourhoods, workplaces and sport and recreation places. Within these places where people work, learn and play we focused on some key areas, increasing healthy eating and reducing tobacco related harm.

    Some key achievements we’ve seen in the last four years thanks to our wonderful Health Promotion team, community and partners are:

    • The launch of The Community Plate and most recently the launch of its Action Groups.
    • 114 Achievement Program recognitions for Schools and Early Years Services, you can read more about some of these recognitions on the Community Health Blog page, here. As ...
    • Local leisure centres give a “nudge” increasing healthy options for our community

      Photo: Nudging healthier options at Civic Recreation Reserve (Civic) and Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC), Crib Point, Somerville Recreation Centre and Pines Forest Aquatic Centre (PINES) . 

      This blog is written by Andie Murphy and Evangelia Nikolitsis, Health Promotion Practitioners at Peninsula Health. Over the past four years Peninsula Health in collaboration with Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership, have been working with local leisure and recreation centres, managed by Belgravia Leisure and Peninsula Leisure to increase healthy food and drink options and to display healthier marketing in and around their café/kiosks.

      To help embed more healthy food and drink options within centres, Belgravia Leisure and Peninsula Leisure were supported to identify and run a number of ‘healthy eating nudge trials’ to determine the most effective ways to support their members, visitors ...

    • Let’s talk about contraception: What is long acting reversible contraception?

      This blog was written by Robyn Holmes and Cathy Halmarick, Sexual & Reproductive Health Nurses at Peninsula Health.

      Contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy, also known as birth control.

      Maybe you have never even heard of long acting reversible contraception.

      You have probably heard of the ‘pill” a tablet you take at the same time every day to avoid a pregnancy.

      The main aim of long acting reversible contraception is to prevent a pregnancy for a longer time; it has a more “set and forget” model. They are one of the most effective types of contraceptive.

      There are now (2) main types of long acting reversible contraception

    • Implant ‘rod” inserted into your upper arm and can last three (3) years.
    • Intrauterine Device (IUD) sometimes known as the “coil”. There are hormonal or non-hormonal IUDs.
    • The IUD is inserted into your uterus (womb) and can last up to 10 years, depending on the type ...

    • Using mindfulness to look after your mental wellbeing during lockdown

      This blog was written by Taylah Steer, Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

      We’re here in lockdown again.  Although we are now seemingly pro’s at the lockdown routine, now more than ever we need to continue with the healthy habits we have already established, or even start building in some new ones. In particular, ensuring we have healthy habits that take care of our mental wellbeing amid the pandemic should be right at the top of our priority list.  

      In this piece we delve into the world of mindfulness. When your mind just won’t seem to stop or you are finding yourself in autopilot, mindfulness can be a great tool to employ.  

      What is mindfulness?

      Mindfulness is the idea of learning how to be fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. Mindfulness allows us to separate ourselves from ...

    • Wallaroo Primary in Hastings improving students’ connection with their learning

      A teacher helps a student in the classroom at Wallaroo Primary School, prior to COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: Supplied.

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

      One school is making a big impact when it comes to helping students to feel connected and engaged in their learning.

      Wallaroo Primary school is located in Hastings and has big plans in place for the next 12 months to redevelop their outdoor spaces to include a chill out zone, bountiful planter boxes, a giant chess board and a new common space for games and collaboration.

      “The idea behind our outdoor plan is to cater to the different needs and interests of our school community” says Jenny Brennan, School Principal at Wallaroo Primary.

      “It is important for us to provide spaces for students to connect with their peers, or at other times to seek reflective spaces to recharge."

      Brain breaks are ...

    • How the Best Bites program is creating healthy communities on the Peninsula

      Peninsula Health Health Promotion Practitioner Tess Merchant has become a face for the Best Bites program. Photo: Supplied.

      This blog was written by Tess Marchant and Taylah Steer, Health Promotion Practitioners at Peninsula Health.

      What is the Best Bites program?

      The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Best Bites Food Guide highlights food businesses within the Mornington Peninsula area. To be eligible, food businesses must meet a 95% compliance for the Shire Food Safety Assessment.

      The program involves a voluntary assessment of how well businesses are:

      • Providing safe and healthy food
      • Using environmentally sustainable business practices
      • Providing accessible and inclusive premises
      • Minimising harm associated with alcohol consumption and tobacco use

      The five Best Bites categories are:

      • Access and inclusion
      • Healthy eating
      • Tobacco and alcohol compliance
      • Waste and recycling
      • Energy and water efficiency

      Businesses can choose to partake in as many or as few of these categories as they like.

      Why should business’ be involved?

      Peninsula Health Health Promotion Practitioner Tess says: “Being involved in Best Bites is ...