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Over 30 Southern Grampians community members came together on Thursday 13th September for the GenR8 Change celebration breakfast.  A great start to the day was had by all, as four community members shared their stories of making healthy change.                                          Thanks to Jackie Wilson from the Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre - HILAC, Amanda Adamson representing the Australian Breastfeeding Association Hamilton Branch, Julie Pickering from Hamilton North Primary School and John Hedley from Western District Health Service for sharing information around their actions to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and key lessons learnt through their endeavours! Keep an eye on future blog posts as we prepare more detailed reports of each action shared.  There was certainly lots of buzz in the room following the story telling and we hope everyone walked away motivated and ready to keep driving and supporting actions that make healthy easy! A big thank you also to Cafe Gray Hamilton for a yummy healthy breakfast spread.              Do you have an idea for change that will make the healthier choice the easier choice? Have you started working towards healthy change? Let us know about it! email: ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or phone (03) 5551 8475 

A strong partnership between Western District Health Service dietetics department and Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation has enabled a new and exciting series of Teen cooking classes!   The new 'Healthy Cooking classes for Teens' is a four week program run for an hour after school where a savoury and sweet item is cooked, and a nutrition related topic is discussed in a casual manner, this included healthy eating, healthy snacks/drinks and meal planning. The final class of the program includes some different activities, including; an unusual foods taste test, and presentation of a cook book (Winda-Mara Deadly Cookbook for Teens) to participants so they can continue developing their skills at home!   The teens whom have participated in the program so far have enjoyed their learning journey and the social benefits of cooking as a team. Dietitian Noel Kelly says, 'The kids seem to really enjoy it, particularly the eating at the end! The same cohort attended for most of the weeks'.                              Some of the healthy recipes cooked in class and included in the cookbook include; Healthy Pizzas, French Onion Dip with Veg Sticks, Roo Burgers, Jacket Potatoes, Chickpea, Pumpkin and Pomegranate Salad, Muesli Bars, Fruit Smoothies and Banana Pancakes.  The WDHS Dietetics team has also attended other groups such the Women’s Well-being Group and the Strong Spirit Program and discussed healthy eating and made other healthy foods, such as; fruit and vegetable smoothies and wraps.  In future, both Winda-Mara and WDHS plan to continue the classes with differing cohorts of Teens and are looking to include more  discussion, tasting and education around traditional foods.  To find out more about the Healthy Cooking classes for Teens program, or other health and well-being opportunities at Winda-Mara, please contact;    Jessica Lovett-Murray Healthy Lifestyle Promotions Officer Email: jesslovettmurray@windamara.com Ph: 03 5527 0000      

We'd love you to come eat, chat and celebrate at the GenR8 Change FREE healthy breakfast. Share stories and learn about actions our community have led to make the healthy choice the easy choice, connect and network with others and enjoy a showcase of healthy catering thanks to Cafe' Gray! Whether you've previously been part of GenR8 Change or not, everyone's welcome! Bring a friend along! For catering purposes, RSVP is essential - to confirm your spot, please message the GenR8 Change page, email ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net, or phone 5551 8475.