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Do you have a great event story to share? Email Felicity Curtain email@example.com if you’re interested in sharing your event with other members via the weekly email.
For the past 10 months I’ve been working as a new graduate in regional Victoria. I work as a sole practicing dietitian at Cobram District Health with an acute, community and health promotion workload. I was really excited for Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW) this year, and to have the time and support to create some wonderful events.
My involvement in AHWW has been to create and develop events, engage community partners and local media, and disseminate information within my community. I spent a few days planning the events in early January, and a few preparation days during early February to make over 300 nutrition information packs to be distributed throughout AHWW. Through the preparation I had help from my fantastic co-workers. We made some banners and bunting and also bought some fruit and vegetables costumes. In the lead up to the week we approached the local paper and ran the DAA supplied article, as well as a list of upcoming events.
During the week I ran a total of 8 events. At the 3 local medical clinics I put up displays of sugar content of common drinks and other healthy eating information. Our Health Promotions Officer Andrea and myself visited these clinics dressed in a banana and snow pea costume and had a prize on offer – a fruit and vegetable box donated by Woolworths. I ran 2 short healthy eating talks at the local gyms, and a stall at the local Juice Bar. Additionally I ran a supermarket tour at the local Woolworths.
My favourite event was one I organised with the local green grocer – KAF’s Fruit Supply. We had a cooking demonstration using local vegetables and products. Our display was vibrant and contains lots of healthy eating information. We cooked a pumpkin and lentil tagine, a frittata and homemade baked beans, discussing the recipes and nutrition benefits as we cooked. We offered taste testing to customers, and also dressed up for the occasion! I engaged the local media: not one, but two articles featured in Cobram Courier, and the WIN News team from Shepparton came to film as well. This was very exciting for me as I’ve never been on the news before.
I think the events were really well received by the community. The promotion I did in the weeks leading up to the events sparked interest, and I had many clients and community members asking me about AHWW. During the week the events had great attendance and also great media coverage. It’s been a fantastic experience, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in and promoting Australia’s Healthy Weight Week.
Healthy Weight Week is all about cooking at home, portions sizes and achieving a healthy weight, so feel free to be creative when it comes to events. As long as your event is free for participants and meets the AHWW Event Terms and Conditions you are good to go. If you are a little stuck for event ideas here is a short list:
For more inspiration, take a look at these past events from 2015 and 2016.