It was a jam packed week in Bundaberg, with extensive media coverage and interactive health promotion events. Starting with radio interviews on Hitz 93.9 and local Wide-Bay ABC radio, AHWW also featured in the Guardian midweek paper, and The Bundaberg Newsmail – the latter resulting in a 4-page spread!
General health promotion activities were held in Bundaberg’s main street, as well as at the Bundaberg Regional Council, who employ over 600 personnel.
To top it all off, a local Bundaberg chef from cooking school Kitchen Confidence held a Healthy Cooking Demonstration, dishing up zucchini and chicken patties.
Well done to APD Fiona Graham, and the team at Bundaberg!
In Brisbane, staff at Compass Group were offered a variety of activities, ranging from weekend adventure walks, to healthy smoothie demonstrations.
Yoga classes, boot camp, and a 4.5km jog were also on offer, as well as the ‘Wednesday Weigh in,’ an activity for those wanting to keep track of their weight and waist circumference measurements.
Finally, a photo competition was held across the state offices, encouraging employees to bring in home cooked meals for lunch, in line with the #cookingathome theme.
APD Joey De Backer, with the help of three Nutrition and Dietetics students, put on unique, holistic based event for members in Merrick’s Beach.
Supported by a number of local businesses from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Joey demonstrated how to create a range of healthy recipes. Attendees were also provided with nutrition resources, such as diet diaries and recipes.
Drawing on the expertise of other health care professionals, the event also featured talks from experts in fields such as yoga, personal training, and Chinese Medicine.
Attendees left the event feeling inspired and energised, well done Joey!
In previous years, MDAS has held AHWW events focused on the general community, but this year the focus was on staff. Over three days, employees were involved in a ‘Hunger Games’ event, breaking into teams and competing against each other in challenges to win the ‘Hunger Games’ cup.
Day one began with a healthy taste test, based on the message ‘small swaps can lead to big drops.’ Day two allowed participants to put their knowledge into action, with the healthy chef cook-off. Teams were challenged to modify a spaghetti bolognaise recipe, with the winning dish judged on taste, appearance, and nutritional content. The Hunger Games wrapped up with team sports on day three, with teams competing in a number of fun, active team relays.
The event was deemed so successful, the MDAS are already planning to hold the event again in 2017!
Hosted by North West Nutrition, cook-offs were the theme of AHWW amongst the Pius X Aboriginal Corporation.
The event was held over three days, the first of which focused on a cooking demonstration of five meals from the 2014/15 cookbook. According to Polly from North West Nutrition, the food was a hit, and the community enjoyed trying foods not usually seen on Moree dinner plates. Day two centred around a Masterchef-style cook off for mothers from support organisations, focusing on inexpensive family meals with plenty of vegetables. Finally, day three featured lunch with the Elders group, sharing a ‘white persons’ healthy version of chicken curry and apple crumble.
These events were so popular amongst the community, that Polly has expanded to cooking lessons with Clontaf boys, shopping tours, and outreach cooking classes.
Pamela Holdsworth held a healthy morning tea at Rivage Royale in Queensland, with the event centred around ‘Eating for good health and longevity.’
Discussions were based around the five food groups, and interesting facts on everyday superfoods for optimum health, such as garlic, yoghurt, and fish. All of this was accompanied by a shared morning tea, with prizes awarded for the healthiest and most creative plate.
Judith Cahill held an interactive event at Inglis Medical Centre in Sale, sharing information on sugar in drinks. Using simple but effective messages, the stand featured interesting visuals of the sugar content of different drinks, and various resources were available for attendees.
Speaking on her first AHWW event, Judith remarked that next year will be ‘bigger and better’!
Monday morning, bright and early, we held a staff breakfast to launch the week with a tasty and colourful BBQ breakfast.
On Tuesday we held a healthy breakfast for clients at Gudbinji, our Chronic Disease Unit who enjoyed the variety on offer as staff had the day before.
During the week, we held education sessions for our chronic disease clients on ‘Energy Balance’ and ‘Sugar in Drinks’, and ran a short ‘Label Reading’ workshop for all clinical staff.
Two client exercise classes (one for ladies and one for men) were held and we also launched our client walking group, who will be continuing to meet every week.
For staff, we ran two exclusive ‘Come and Try’ group fitness classes at the local gym- Circuit and Zumba. The classes demonstrated fitness can be fun and generated interest in attending the gym in future.
Email tips on healthy lifestyle were sent out to staff each day during the week, finishing with a Friday quiz. The lucky winner received a 1 month gym membership.
The Illawarra Public Health Society held an AHWW 2015 event to coincide with
the University of Wollongong’s O-Week festivities.
The main theme for the event was ‘Eat Healthy, Eat Local at UOW’ and provided
information to students on where in the region to shop for groceries,
particularly promoting local businesses and farmers markets. A price
comparison chart highlighted how smaller businesses can offer prices for fresh
produce competitive with the major grocery chains. A handy take-home location
map and stores directory introduced students who are new to the area to where
they can source groceries.
Students were able to play the ‘How much sugar is hidden in your drink?’ game
with the chance to win a [sugar-free!] drink bottle or personal training
The event partnered with Need a Feed, acting as a donation point for non-
perishable foods which are passed on to various neighborhood centres and
organisations who support those in need, working together as a team to help
more local families.
On Wednesday 18th February 2015, Dietitians and Health Promotion Officers from WA Country Health Service- Goldfields Population Health, Goldfields Midwest Medicare Local and the Cancer Council WA travelled from Kalgoorlie to Leonora District High School to run activities with the kids, as well as hold a community event in the evening.
During the classroom sessions we read the Diabetes WA Gary Goanna Storybook, explaining the importance of a healthy diet, physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight for preventing diabetes.
We worked out how much sugar we put into our bodies when we drink soft drinks, juices, energy drinks and sports drinks by label reading, and how many star jumps it would take to work that sugar off. We also made our own soft drink, by measuring out the same amount of sugar that is in 1L of Coke, and mixing it into 1L of water. It didn’t taste very nice!
In the evening, we had about 30 adults and many kids return to the school for some activities on portion size, mindful eating, diabetes prevention, sugar in drinks and label reading. Despite the 40+ degree heat in Leonora, we had a very successful Healthy Weight Week!
On Tuesday February 17th, we hosted an information session in the Swan Hill main street promoting Australia’s Healthy Weight Week. Our focus was on healthy snacks and awareness of the energy content of sweetened dri
nks and alcohol containing beverages. We prompted interested through two visual displays, one with the actual equivalent of sugar to specific sweetened drinks, and the other with the equivalent of white bread (energy) to alcohol containing drinks. The displays, our staff in costume (tomato and sweetpea) and our offer of fresh fruit samples definitely created interest.
42 individuals were engaged (~1/3male; age range ~18-80 +toddlers with parents) in discussion regarding the information provided at the CBD event and collected AHWW bags or LiveLighter/SHDH handouts. Others attended to taste the fruit on offer (planned recipes were not made for tasting due to extended power outage locally in the day previous). Recipes were popular but the main interest was in the 2 displays. Some attendees took photos/video of the displays to share with their families.
Overall the session was a success and promoted our Dietetic Services along with health promotion initiatives locally.
APD Claire Georga with help from her colleagues from the Nutrition team at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin hosted a healthy morning tea for staff to enjoy during AHWW 2015. There were platters of wraps full of vegies and a ‘healthy snack station’ where staff could fill up a sandwich bag with air popped popcorn, raw nuts and dried fruit to take back to their desks.
At the measurement station, staff were invited to check their body composition on the bio-impedance scales and to measure their waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio to determine their health risk based on body shape. The second most popular station (after the food, of course) was the sugar in drinks display which showed how much sugar is in some of Australia’s most popular drinks. This opened up a lot of discussion about ‘hidden dangers’ in the modern diet and what we can do to avoid them – there were more than a few shocked faces when people discovered how much sugar is in an iced coffee!
Complementing the sugar display was the information station, with paper resources for people to peruse or take away to read later. The event had an estimated 40 participants and interested participants grabbed a show bag filled with information and goodies from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). As well as the morning tea event, Claire sent a health-update for each working day of AHWW, distributing healthy tips to everyone at Menzies covering a range of topics.
The cooking up a storm program is held 1/month and coordinated by a community migrant worker. About 15 -20 people attend each time. The migrant worker was quite happy for the message of raising awareness on the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight to be promoted in the February program.
We cooked the recipes that were featured in the display/show bag:
Mushroom and asparagus pearl barley risotto with a tomato, basil, walnut and olive salad. We also prepared the Thai sweet potato and beef salad. These dishes were thoroughly enjoyed. Most of the participants were not too familiar with how to cook barley so were happy to have another dish to add to their collection.
A small food model display was set up to highlight what a portion size is from the different food groups on the Australian guide to healthy eating. Other resources on display were the portion perfection resources (bowl, plate, snack guide and book) and Dr Rick Kausman’s book – ‘if not dietiting then what’. A short interactive talk on mindful eating was given. Participants were encouraged to share ideas on what they do to maintain a healthy weight and all entries went into a draw to win one of 2 trays of grocery.