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  • 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 ...

  • Promoting health and wellbeing at Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten

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

    Just last month, Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten in Rosebud achieved recognition as a health promoting early childhood service from the Victorian Government by completing all six health priority areas of the Achievement Program.

    In the image above you will see Educators, Tarni and Stacey from Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten standing next to their Achievement Program recognition.

    Since registering with the Achievement Program in 2020, Jetty Road Childcare and Kindergarten have focused on reviewing and updating health and wellbeing policies for both children and staff at the centre to help create a culturally and physically healthy environment.

    Alongside work on policies, Jetty Road has introduced some exciting initiatives that support health and wellbeing in the centre.

    The children at the centre received a visit from the Peninsula Health Dental Team for a ...

  • 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.


    To decorate

    1 egg


    1 cup self-raising flour


    1 cup buttermilk

    1 orange (segmented)

    1 tbsp. caster sugar (optional)


    2 tbsp. vegetable oil (for cooking)



    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, ...