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The YMCA Skate Park Comp crew, in conjunction with Western District Health Service, put on two days worth of free skating displays, workshops and competitions this week. A super way for our local kids to remain active throughout the school holidays!                                                                    In addition to scooter, BMX and skate events, participants also enjoyed a healthy , completely GREEN (as classified by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service Healthy Choices Guidelines) lunch thanks to Western District Health Service! The kids thoroughly enjoyed the spread of healthy wraps, rolls and pizza breads prepared by the WDHS cafeteria under the green guidelines. The cohort washed it all down with cups of Australia's best tasting tap water, without a single request for soft drink. The crew were then refuelled and ready to continue riding the ramps!          Kudos to the YMCA crew and WDHS for putting together a school holiday event that promotes both active living and healthy eating. Hope to see this back again in future!

The regional primary schools sports association partnered with Wannon Water to promote and encourage water consumption at the recent inter-school Athletics day event.                                                                   It was great to have access to a bottle refill station in addition to the permanent water fountain at Pedrina Park, it's a big area and with lots of different sports events happening across the whole grounds, there was a need for a second water source! Competitors, officials, peers and families stayed hydrated in the best way possible thanks to the refill station. Students were also pleased to learn that Hamilton's water supply was recently voted the second best tasting water in the world after being crowned the best tasting in Australia. Wannon water can help you promote Australia's #1 tasting water supply at your next event! Head to their community sponsorships and grants page to find out more or apply for hire of resources at your next event -…/sponsorship-and-grants.aspx . Thanks Wannon Water ! #choosetap  

Balmoral grade Prep to year 12 students enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables every Friday on their school! Every week, the school spends $30 on purchasing fresh, seasonal produce from Peaches fruit market in Horsham. By purchasing a variety of fruits and vegetables and using what's in season, that $30 goes a long way, providing morning tea for all 118 students! Four students are selected each week to work with the well-being officer and school chaplain to cut up and prepare the fruit/vegetable platters for the rest of the school, building their skills in food preparation and knowledge around different produce.             School well-being officer Jo McCure says the Fresh Fruit Friday ritual is very popular and something the students look forward to throughout the week, "the kids from grade prep right up to year 12 all love it and the platters are generally empty by lunch time!". A great way to celebrate the end of the school week.  It's known that bringing students together around healthy food improves their attitude towards healthy options and can even influence food preferences. Well-done Balmoral Community College for dedicating weekly resource to make this happen.    What is your school, community group, club or workplace doing to promote healthy choices? Let us know about it! Email or call Ebony at or 5551 8475.