Community Health

Navigating the Lunchbox

As another term begins, talk of lunchboxes intensifies in the media. The socials are filled with images of picture-perfect lunchboxes, with conflicting messages of what we ‘should’ and ‘should not’ be including to feed the little people in our lives. Let’s consider for a moment approaching lunchbox talk from another angle, moving away from what’s …

Cultivating Connections: The Farm to School Project at Downs Community Farm

Nestled amidst the Seaford Wetlands lies Downs Community Farm (DCF), a beacon of community, sustainable agriculture and learning. This picturesque setting, with support from the Nourish Network and Peninsula Health is currently hosting the ‘Downs Farm to School Pilot Project.’ At the heart of this initiative are the volunteers at DCF, local schools and key …

Growing food at home can reduce causes of climate change

The Community Plate is running a series of Grow Some Food workshops aimed to improve our community’s ability to grow some food at home. Running across both the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions, these workshops aim to benefit our health and the health of our earth and address the barriers people face to growing food. …

Tootgarook Primary School Walks Together

Wouldn’t it be great if kids started their day building connections with peers, feeling happy and ready to learn? That’s exactly what happened last week at Tootgarook when the school community excitedly met at a local park to walk to school together. Tootgarook Primary School is nestled in the heart of the Southern Mornington Peninsula. …

Refreshed menus provide healthier choice for visitors and staff

Whether you are dining in or taking away, you’ll now have access to a range of healthier food and drinks at the food outlets and vending machines across our health service. In the last two years, our Health Promotion team have been working hard to implement the Victorian Government Healthy choices: policy directive, a directive …

Helping children thrive with a colourful variety of foods

Congratulations to Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre (ECCC) and Kindergarten for winning our FoodChecker prize draw, a brand new android tablet! Capel Sounds ECCC recently completed a FoodChecker menu assessment to ensure their service was meeting the Victorian Menu Planning Guidelines for Long Day Care. By meeting the guidelines, Capel Sounds ECCC are ensuring …

Local secondary school recognised for its outstanding achievements in the mental health and wellbeing space

Elisabeth Murdoch College (EMC) is celebrating after recently achieving recognition from the Victorian Government and Cancer Council Victoria’s Achievement Program (AP), for the Mental Health and Wellbeing health area. This well-deserved recognition acknowledges the schools ongoing efforts to prioritise the health and wellbeing of all students, staff and families. To support this work, EMC is …

Recognition for sexual health and wellbeing at Carrum Downs Secondary College

Congratulations to Carrum Downs Secondary College for their amazing efforts which have resulted in a Sexual Health and Wellbeing priority recognition by the Heathy Schools Achievement Program. The school achieved this priority area through a whole school approach, which included developing both their sexual health and wellbeing and school uniform policies, student led action of …

Children on The Bay – How Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre and Kindergarten are dedicated to caring for Country

This blog was written by Madeline Tatham, Health Promotion Practitioner at Peninsula Health In September 2022, Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre and Kindergarten (Capel Sounds ECC&K) were acknowledged by the Healthy Early Childhood Services Achievement Program for their ongoing commitment to Climate and Health. As part of their work in this space, the centre …

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