Building Healthy Habits at Close the Gap Day

Last fortnight, Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, in conjunction with Western District Health Service, held their annual Close the Gap day celebrations in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens. 

Close the Gap day acknowledges the health and life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous communities, as well as all the great work that is being done in order to minimise this.


At the event children were kept busy with, alongside other activities, building healthy lunchboxes! Western District Health Service Dietitians assisted children to identify each of the core food groups and before together discussing strategies to ensure all the food groups are represented in a lunchbox. The children then went on to draw their own representation of a healthy lunchbox!

In addition to lunchbox education, there was also a sugar wall at the event that fostered lots of discussion around the nasty amounts of sugar hidden in these drinks. 

Great to see health literacy messages being shared in engaging ways at Close the Gap day! Well done to Winda-Mara and WDHS!





Has your organisation or community group recently incorporated some health promoting activity at your celebration or event? If so let us know about it! We'd love to share your story. Email or phone Ebony at [email protected] or 5551 8475.