Join the GenR8 Change community from 7:30-8:30am to share stories and learn about actions our community are leading to make the healthy choice easier. Come and connect and enjoy samples of healthy catering from Café Gray, Tosca Browns and Jack and Jude.The breakfast event will be held amongst a display of local case studies and showcase of opportunities for community groups, clubs, schools workplaces and organisations to promote healthy choices. This display will remain in the pop up space throughout the morning of Tuesday 23rd, so if you’re unable to make the brekkie there’s still a chance to swing by!To RSVP to the breakfast, please contact Ebony via email: [email protected] or phone: (03) 5551 8475. If you or a group you’re a part of has made change and can share your story or contribute to the healthy change display please get in touch. Hope to see you on the morning of Tuesday July 23rd!  

Fourteen Southern Stay participants recently completed a 10 week cooking program at the Hamilton District Skills Centre under the guidance of Tony MacGillivray and Lisa Lowin, building their skills in food preparation and healthy choices.   Each week for 10 weeks, the group followed easy-read healthy recipes that utilised a range of fresh foods including; stir frys, chicken and vegetable kebabs and fish dishes to name a few. The cooks were encouraged to take their recipes home and replicate dishes with families, and they did! The chicken club sandwich has been just one of the recipes reported to have been repeated in the home.                        As well as doing the cooking, participants took trips to the supermarket to read product labels and select healthy choices, and an excursion to the local Kiss and Run egg part to learn where eggs come from before gathering their own and turning them into a frittata. To celebrate the conclusion of the program, participants cooked a showcase of recipes from throughout the 10 weeks for their families and friends, and were awarded an introduction to cooking certificate. A recipe book is now being prepared for each participant of recipes used throughout the program that will also be made available to other Southern Stay clients for a small printing fee. Participants are now armed with food safety and food preparation skills they wouldn’t have obtained otherwise! Congratulations to all involved, and to Southern Stay and HDSC for the thriving partnership that has made this program possible. A second program is planned to commence in July. For any more details, or to enquire about the next program, please Contact Lynne Millard, Operations Manager Southern Stay on 5572 1028.    How has your community group, workplace, school or sporting club been encouraging healthy choices recently? Let us know! Share your story with the GenR8 CHange support team through facebook, email [email protected] , or phone 5551 8475. 

Congratulations to the GenR8 Change community on all the actions and changes made so far towards creating a healthier Southern Grampians!   The GenR8 Change support team keep an action register, recording all the great things we know are happening to make the healthier choice the easier choice - the 200th action was added to the register this week!   These are just the healthy changes we are aware of. Can you help grow the list? What is your community group, school, sporting club or workplace doing to make the healthier choice the easier choice? Let us know about it! As a community, let's keep building on these great efforts! They ARE having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our children, follow this link to find out how. The sky's the limit!   All completed community actions we know of are listed on our webpage, take a look!