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Consuming enough healthy food during the school day, or any day, is SO important for children! A healthy lunchbox will fuel children with enough energy to learn and play to their full potential. It’s not an easy feat to pack a healthful lunchbox every single day that won’t come home again, here are some strategies and resources here to help you increase that likelihood! Nutrition Australia’s Pick & Mix 1-6 poster (downloadable here) provides a range of ideas to create healthy school lunchboxes. The idea is to Pick and mix one option from each of the five core food groups to build a healthy lunchbox every day: Fruit  Vegetables, legumes and beans Milk, yoghurt, cheese and alternatives Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans Grain (cereal) foods Plain water We love this resource so much that we’ve created a lunchbox planner to match it. Get organised and print the Pick & mix poster, as well as a few copies of the planner and make it a Sunday afternoon activity to sit down with your child and plan their boxes for the week. Kids are much more likely to eat the contents when they’ve had a say what they are! Why not use this to plan the weekly lunches of parents also? Remember, setting positive examples is important. In your planning, consider utilising the great healthy recipes our regions very own Western District Health Service have published in partnership with the Healthy Eating Advisory Service. They are all ‘Green’ according to the governments Healthy Choices Guidelines meaning they are foods you should be eating every day. The way these recipes are written makes it easy to adjust the quantity according to the number of mouths you wish to feed or serves you’d like to prep for the week. There are over 150 FREE ‘Green’ recipes included in the booklet you can download HERE Just a few of the super lunchbox friendly recipes included are; Fruit salad Chicken meatballs Chicken & cherry tomato mini quiches Zucchini & carrot/corn fritters Falafel Banana & blueberry muffins Sweet potato chocolate muffins Check them out! We’d love to see your family using this planner! Snap a pic of your planner filled out and ready to go and be sure to tag @genr8change on Facebook and/or Instagram. Happy lunching!   If you have any issues accessing or printing the above graphics, reach out at [email protected] or direct message the GenR8 Change Facebook Page. 

As 2020 closes, it’s a great time to reflect on what the GenR8 Change community (that includes you!) have achieved throughout a year like no other. This year, it hasn’t always been about making new changes to build a healthier community, but adapting existing work to encourage healthy choices in a COVID-19 world. We share some highlights with you in a short 3 minute clip HERE You can also find this on our Facebook Page, please do share! The GenR8 Change support team wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you and collaborating in 2021!  As always, remember the team is here to assist your community group, sporting club, school or workplace with any change you may look to make to build a healthier environment.

It's been great to see so many local sporting clubs and groups get creative and implement different ways to stay connected and active during COVID-19 times.  Whilst thankfully (touch wood!) we're out the other end now and seeing most sports recommence, there is lots to learn from activities run during COVID-19. What virtual activity options have you enjoyed during this time?  The Hamilton Gymnastics Club set their members a weekly challenge throughout August and September to keep them in touch with the club and their gymnastics practice. Each week, the challenge was posted on the Club Facebook page and members were encouraged to complete it and share photo evidence. Challenges weren't always around gymnastics, some included baking and making a mask. Others were take a photo of yourself in your favourite gymnastics 'shape' and draw yourself on your favourite gymnastics apparatus.  There was great uptake of all challenges set, maybe thanks to some prizes that were on offer including markers and pencils!    Congratulations to the club for keeping their members engaged. We're rapt to hear you're 'back on the beam' now!   How did you club or group stay connected during COVID? Let us know about it! [email protected]