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Inspiring stuff at Aspire

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Aspire staff with their Mental Health and Wellbeing certificate “Often in services like ours, the staff have such caring natures that they put the health and needs of clients ahead of their own. We wanted to let our staff know they are valued.”

Aspire Support Services is a support provider based in Albury/Wodonga. They have 200 staff and provide a range of services for people with a disability, children and young people and their families, from supported accommodation to respite care and early childhood intervention. They joined the Program in 2013, with the aim of creating a healthier workplace that supports its staff. 
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Healthy eating and healthy kids

Friday, June 23, 2017

Nar Nar Goon Kindergarten joined the Achievement Program in 2013 and recently received recognition for Healthy Eating and Oral Health priority. They joined the program because they believe that the health and wellbeing of children, their families, staff and community, strongly contributes to a child's ability to achieve their full potential.  
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Monash University goes smokefree

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Monash University is one of only six workplaces across Victoria that has been recognised within the Achievement Program for achieving benchmarks in the areas of Physical Activity, Mental Health, Alcohol and Smoking. Monash is to be congratulated as this is a huge accomplishment, considering the complexities of the organisation due to its size and number of locations.  
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Totally smokefree workplace

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

AME Systems is a large manufacturer based in Ararat with a site in Bayswater, employing over 250 people. AME Systems is demonstrating leadership in the manufacturing sector and is the first Achievement Program manufacturing workplace member to go completely smokefree. AME System’s approach differs from other manufacturing workplaces that have been recognised for achieving the Smoking benchmarks, as other companies still allow smoking onsite in designated areas. 
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Healthier and happier

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Students from Bellarine Secondary College are “making things happen” at their school! They have embraced the Achievement Program and have established a management structure that incorporates key student leadership groups (including school houses) and have completed a health audit of their school.  
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Let's get physical - exercise for mental health

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Exercise has many benefits, not only for your physical health but also your mental health. Exercise can boost mood, concentration and alertness. Dandenong South Primary School has recently received recognition in their first health priority area of physical activity, which has not only improved access for their staff and students to participate in physical activities, but also assists in achieving greater levels of wellbeing.  
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Healthy food, healthy future

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Rowville joined the Achievement Program to make positive changes and influence the health of children and their families now and into the future.

Director of the service Courtney Silver said, “If we embed healthy eating practices at such a young age it becomes part of their daily life, which in turn prevents chronic disease in later years.”

The service joined the Achievement Program in January 2017. Their first focus is the healthy eating and oral health priority area.

Goodstart Early Learning, Rowville used Achievement Program resources and accessed support from the Healthy Eating Advisory Service to improve their food menu. This involved using the menu planning guidelines to review their current food offering and discuss healthy changes with their community.

As a result, they have improved the nutritional content of the food they offer, which has been embraced by the children and families. Establishing healthy food habits will provide mental health and wellbeing benefits now and in the future.

Reviewing their menu has also paid dividends. Not only have children enjoyed the new healthy options, they have also saved money in the process.

Goodstart Early Learning Rowville has shared their top tips to help other early childhood services improve their menu:

1. Rotate your menu items every five weeks

2. Bulk buy ingredients if items are on special

3. Take the time to compare prices to find the cheapest option

4. Buy whole pieces of meat instead of smaller or pre diced options

5. Plan ahead to take advantage of free delivery where available (this has saved the centre $14 to $16 per week)

6. For some items like yoghurt, it’s worth purchasing individual portions to reduce wastage

7. Create your own veggie and herb patch. This allows the children to get involved and educates them about where food comes from.


 
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How workplaces can reduce sitting time

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

OfficeworkerStanding desks are trending in more Victorian workplaces as a way to get us moving. But does this mean we should all be ditching the office chair in favour of standing? We had a chat to a researcher to find out more.  
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Embracing diverse cultural backgrounds

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cultural diversity is represented across all eight health priority areas and is integral to the whole service approach within the Achievement Program. Here are great examples of services that demonstrate cultural diversity in their every day practices.  
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Feeling hungry for more tips on providing healthy options?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Check out the new sample menu from the Healthy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS). 
 
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