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  • Keep the kids busy this Easter with these fun school holiday activities

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

    It’s Easter time already. As the Easter school holidays start we wanted to share some fun ideas to help keep the children entertained over the Easter break. So, here you have it, the top five activities you can do with the whole family over the next couple of weeks.

    Make Easter Bunny Pikelets

    These pikelets are perfect for the kids on Easter morning, they are easy and the whole family will enjoy decorating them! Here’s the recipe.

    Ingredients

    To decorate

    1 egg

    Yoghurt

    1 cup self-raising flour

    Blueberries

    1 cup buttermilk

    1 orange (segmented)

    1 tbsp. caster sugar (optional)

     

    2 tbsp. vegetable oil (for cooking)

     

    Method

    To make the pikelet batter, combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside for half an hour.

    Heat a ...

  • #FeedHappiness: Food that is good for our brain

    This blog was written by Andie Murphy and Taylah Steer, Health Promotion Practitioners at Peninsula Health.

    So, what is #FeedHappiness?

    'Feed Happiness' is an innovative and exciting new social media campaign which aims to improve the mental health of young people and families in Melbourne's Southern Metropolitan region through food and healthy eating.

    In a region-first approach, 19 community and health organisations have come together to inform community members about the link between a healthy diet and good mental health.

    The campaign promotes good nutrition as a tool to support positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes and will run for four weeks from Monday 8 February to Sunday 7 March 2021.  

    ‘Feed Happiness’ will provide support and resources to:

    • Increase your understanding of food and its link to mental health and wellbeing
    • Help you to identify specific foods that can support better mental health and wellbeing
    • Build your knowledge and motivation to prepare and ...
    • Healthy holiday season tips from the Health Promotion Team

      The Health Promotion Team at Peninsula Health gets together at the end of 2020. Photo: Supplied. 

      This year our team had a chat about some of the things we like to do in our own lives to stay healthy, safe, happy and hydrated over the summer holiday season.

      And then we thought, why not compile and share all of our ideas, and potentially offer some inspiration for others? If any of these stand out to you, we encourage you to make them your own and use them throughout your own holiday season.

      So here goes.

      Josh starts every day with 5-10 minutes of a few simple exercises or stretches to get the blood pumping first thing in the morning: “You don’t need any equipment, just use whatever space you have available to do some squats, sit-ups or body stretches. Make it really easy to start with, and when it becomes part ...

    • Be challenged by what is possible, not what is impossible

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

      A virtual presentation was recently held by our Health Promotion Team for local sporting clubs to increase their confidence in making their clubs more welcoming and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/ gender diverse, Intersex and Queer/ questioning) people.

      An inclusive club is one where LGBTIQ+ people feel comfortable to be themselves, allowing them to thrive.

      This free training event attracted 22 participants from a range of Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region sporting clubs and associations. It was an opportunity for club members to gain insights about LGBTIQ+ related language, resources, strategies and practical tips on how to be a more inclusive club.

      Examples of local clubs who have taken action to embrace diversity and provide inclusive environments were also showcased. One of the clubs showcased was Belvedere Park Tennis Club in Seaford, whom have now ...

    • Our community want their plate full of local, healthy and abundant food

      Frankston South Saints and Carrum Netball Club players at the launch of the Community Plate at the Frankston District Netball Association, Jubilee Park. Picture: Supplied. This photo was taken prior to Covid-19 restrictions.

      This blog was written by Rebecca Long, a Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health.

      The Community Plate (TCP) is a collective of local organisations, groups and individuals working together to realise our newly announced Community Aspiration, that ‘we are all connected to food that is local, healthy and abundant.’

      TCP has dedicated a large amount of time to develop this Community Aspiration.

      Over an 18 month period TCP held in depth discussions with a wide range of stakeholders and community members to develop this authentic, localised vision that will guide all future work.

      "We spent a lot of time to ensure that we got our Community Aspiration right. We spoke with many, many people and developed an aspiration ...

    • 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 ...