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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!  

GenHealth Hamilton is a local clinic boasting a super team offering a range of allied health services. Whilst for the most of the COVID-19 pandemic the clinic has been able to remain open, there were 6 weeks whilst in stage 3 restrictions where the clinic shut its doors and offered only telehealth consultations. The usually very cohesive staff cohort shuddered at the thought of not having the opportunity to bond as much so quickly enacted a plan, each staff member was charged with running a weekly event or activity. Those assigned with week 1 set a challenge for the duration of the ‘lockdown’, a seedling challenge! Each staff member was given a seedling and encouraged to grow and nurture it as best they could within the 6 weeks to emerge the covid seedling competition winner.                  The GenHealth team have invited some guest judges to choose a winner, to be announced in the next week! Judges will consider each plants height, width, ‘bushiness’, healthiness (colour) and if any fruit have grown. We look forward to learning who the winner will be! The team have enjoyed the challenge and for some it has prompted them to begin growing vegetables or different types of seedlings than they have grown in the past. There’s plenty of growing and producing for the seedlings of the competition yet too! What a great way this is to promote fresh food, learn the in’s and outs of growing and keep a workplace connected through some healthy competition! What has your workplace done to ensure staff stay connected and healthy during COVID-19? We’d love to know about any other workplace challenges out there! Get in touch with Ebony at to share your story. 

In an end of term celebration like no other, George Street Primary School students cooked up a healthy hamburger for lunch with their teachers and peers - virtually! Students would normally engage in some fun and hands on activities to mark the end of a successful term, so at the end of Term 3 2020 (a term like no other with remote learning a key feature for majority of students) the school community did just that, but virtually.  George Street staff compiled take home cooking packs for families to collect from school, along with a list of all the equipment needed to cook the healthy hamburger at home. The cost of ingredients were fully covered by the school. Families then linked in via Microsoft Teams/Webex to participate in the cooking class, and even eat the finished product together! What a fantastic way to finish a challenging school term. Congratulations George Street for thinking outside the box :)               How has your school, workplace, sporting club or community group adapted during COVID19 to ensure you're still encouraging healthy eating and activity? Let us know about it! Contact , we'd love you hear your story.