Use healthy food to improve your mood   Poor mental health is one of many factors that influence the wellbeing of local families, and right now as our community feels the impacts and continues to respond to covid-19, likelihood of increased anxiousness, stress and worry are high. What we eat every day plays a big role in our overall health and well-being. A rapidly expanding body of research now highlights the importance of food and nutrition for our mood and mental health. GenR8 Change encourages community members to link into a virtual lunchtime session from 12:30-1:15pm on Friday October 9th to learn more about the correlation between food and mood, and explore simple and practical tips families and individuals can use to help improve their mental health through nutrition. Amelia McGuiness and Melissa Lane from the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University will share their extensive knowledge, building understanding around why it is important to think about mental health, briefly discuss mechanisms through which diet influences mental health, and share practical strategies for improving mood and mental health through food and nutrition. Ms Lane looks forward to addressing our region, “One in four people will be affected by a mental disorder some point in their lifetime, meaning even if we don’t suffer from mental illness ourselves, we all probably know someone who is” Ms Lane says. “Research conducted at the Food & Mood Centre helps to explain how and why we should consider our food as the basis of our mental and brain health throughout the lifespan”. The virtual session happening on Friday 9th October from 12:30pm can be accessed via the following Zoom link on a smart phone, tablet or computer For any queries please contact Ebony Jenkins at [email protected] or on 0413249377.    

The GenR8 Change support team (Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care Partnership , Western District Health Service, Southern Grampians Shire Council & Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation) want to know about the experiences and changes that have happened in the areas of healthy eating and active living during COVID-19. Help us by completing our community check-in! The survey linked here has only 8 quick questions and will take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time, all questions are optional. We’d love to get a large and diverse range of responses from residents across the Southern Grampians so please do share with family, friends and colleagues where you can. Every member of our community has valuable insight to give that can help shape our efforts into the future. Thanks in advance for your time and contribution! 

On April 22nd 2020, GenR8 Change partnered with SEA Change Portland and Hands Up Casterton to bring our respective communities together and build skills around managing healthy doses of screen time and physical activity. Something that has proven very challenging for many families during the course of coronavirus!   It was fantastic to have over 30 people online for the duration of the session and a further audience viewing the livesteam on Facebook for this virtual event featuring Dr Lauren Arundell from Deakin University's Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition. Below are two links to Laurens presentation and our Q & A (Facebook and YouTube viewing available) for you to revisit the content or share with family and friends.     Dr Arundell has shared with us a tool kit that includes links to all resources that were mentioned during the session, as well as a copy of the Family Media Plan that cannot be shared here. Please email [email protected] to be forward this tool kit. Some of the links that are included are;  Australia’s physical activity and screen time guidelines Classification of games, apps and content  Resources to encourage and support online safetyProgram to encourage movement and reduce sitting at school and home Family pack of activities for the home (KAPS) Suggestions of ways to keep active at home with minimal equipment Creating a family media plan - see below    We invite you come back together (or join the group if you haven't yet done so) to check in and provide some peer support as we all  away and test new strategies to manage screen time and physical activity in our homes. We are looking to do this early-mid May as we're sure we'll all have new challenges and leanings to share by then! Look out for an invite and link for this session soon. We'd love to hear your feedback if you've listened to the recording or attended the session! As we do plan to do more skill building in different areas, let us know what your needs are and how we could improve on how we deliver information and community support. Get in touch with Ebony at [email protected] or call 0466554562.