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Welcome to the July health & wellbeing update for 2022!

We would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet at Central Bayside, the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people past and present and emerging, especially acknowledging the wisdom of Elders.

Each month, we aim to share resources, programs, grants, professional learning opportunities and events to help maximise wellbeing in your service.

The Health Promotion Team at Central Bayside Community Health Services (CBCHS) are always available to provide tailored support to help your services build a whole of service approach to health and wellbeing for children, staff and families, using initiatives like the Achievement Program and more! If you would like free support to build a positive and healthy environment within your service, please get in touch with our team to get started!

Take care,
Kayla - Health Promotion Team at CBCHS 

e:   |      p: 8587 0205

Cooks Network Session 2 Invitation
If you are unable to attend in person, please email us and we will provide an alternative. Also, please note that we will be alternating venues between the Local Government Areas. 
Long Day Care Recipe Competition

What’s on your menu?

The Healthy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS) is running an exciting competition to find the best long day care recipes in the state!

Experiences with food create life-long habits, happy memories and inspiration to learn new things about the world. Your centre’s food and recipes help set the foundations of this journey!

HEAS is looking for recipes across several categories in a bid to celebrate the importance of nutritious food provision and education in helping to establish healthy food and drink habits in young children.

Categories include:

  1. Fun with fruit and veg
  2. Celebrating culture
  3. Connecting kitchen to garden
  4. Cheap and cheerful
  5. Cooking with kids
  6. Wastage warriors

As a celebration of the wonderful recipes received, HEAS will be compiling a book of the most creative, nutritious and inspiring submissions.

By entering, your centre could win one of the following prizes:

  1. Fun with fruit and veg – $400 Good Guys gift card
  2. Celebrating culture - $400 Koori Curriculum gift card
  3. Connecting kitchen to garden – Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation – Early Childhood Kitchen Garden Program classroom membership and Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids by Stephanie Alexander valued at $350 (sponsored by SAKGF)
  4. Cheap and cheerful – $400 Kitchen Warehouse gift card
  5. Cooking in the classroom – $250 Modern Teaching Aids voucher (sponsored by Modern Teaching Aids) + $150 Good Guys gift card
  6. Wastage warriors – $400 Bunnings Warehouse gift card

The competition is open from 27th June to 29th July. For more information including submission requirements, how to enter and competition Ts and Cs click here.

Enter here
Age Appropriate Cooking 

Looking for a school holiday activity to do with the kids? Why not get them in the kitchen and do some cooking! Use this Age Appropriate Guide to Cooking with Kids from!

It’s important to get children into the kitchen from a young age to help educate them about healthy foods and creating lifelong healthy habits! This diagram helps parents and educators to get children involved in the kitchen by identifying what they can do to help.

Healthy Eating Workshops
We’re inviting parents, educators and care-providers to join this free workshop to explore practical ways to assist you in introducing new foods to fussy eaters with success.
> Light meal & showbag will be provided for face to face attendees   
> Wednesday 20th July & Friday 19th August at 1:15-2:15pm
Booking is essential 
Book Fussy Eating Workshop | 20 July
Book Fussy Eating Workshop | 19 August

Preparing a nutritious, waste-free and appealing lunchbox on a budget can be a challenging task. A nutritious lunchbox is key to giving children essential nutrients for growth, as well as maximising concentration, mood and energy levels across the day. This workshop will equip you with examples and tools to pack a lunchbox that:
> includes variety from the five food groups.
> contains less packaging.
> can be adapted for allergies and intolerances.
> is affordable and not time-consuming

Light meal & showbag will be provided for face to face attendees. Wednesday 10th August & Friday 2nd September at 1:15-2:15pm - booking is essential
Book Healthy, Sustainable & Affordable Lunchboxes | 10 August
Book Healthy, Sustainable & Affordable Lunchboxes | 2 September
Growing Good Gardens Grants
A reminder that the Life Ed and Yates Growing Good Gardens Grant Program is open!
Apply here
Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants

Applications for the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants are now open with grants of up to $5000 each available!
All schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, Scouts, Girl Guides, Youth and Junior Landcare groups in Victoria are eligible to apply.

These grants will fund projects that focus on Victoria's biodiversity and involve and educate young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s biodiversity and natural environment. Projects can be either on-ground, hands-on projects, or environmental learning or educational activities.
For more information click here. Applications close 9th August 2022.

Apply here
Active Australia Innovation Challenge

$10,000 to make your bright idea a reality!

The Heart Foundation has up to ten $10,000 grants for new, innovative projects that get more people moving in preschools, schools or local community groups. The Active Australia Innovation Challenge is part of the Healthy Heart Initiative, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

The Active Australia Innovation Challenge strongly encourages innovative projects that support people who do not meet Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines, people at risk of chronic disease, and people living in communities with high levels of physical inactivity (including rural and remote regions). This includes people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

For more information, check out the guidelines here. Applications close 18th July 2022.

Apply here
Dental Health Week|
1st-7th August

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children's Day | 4th August
This year, Dental Health Week is encouraging everyone to ‘Love your teeth’. You can Love your teeth by:
  • Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Cleaning between your teeth daily
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet and limiting added sugar intake
  • Visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and preventative care
It's a great time to talk and learn about the importance of oral health at your service! You can: 
  • Plan different activities for children to get involved in. Check out some ideas from Colgate, DHSV & Dental Health Week
  • Share information and resources on looking after your dental with your families. Check out some resources from our Resource Drive
  • Work on the Healthy Eating & Oral Health area of the Achievement Program
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is a time to celebrate the strengths and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. In 2022, the theme of Children's Day is My Dreaming, My Future.

On the 4 August, all Australians have the opportunity to show their support for children, as well as learn about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.

Explore the different resources and activities from the Children's Day website to see how your centre can get involved!
The Health Promotion Team at CBCHS is funded by the Department of Health, allowing us to offer free, tailored health and wellbeing support to your early childhood service.

If you'd like to find out more about how we can support your service,
get in touch with Kayla on or 8587 0205.
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