Our health promotion team promotes healthy behaviours within our community
We deliver health promotion programs and initiatives to schools, sporting venues and other communities to teach locals about:
- Healthy eating
- Active Living
- Preventing violence against women
- Tobacco and E-cigarettes
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
We help the Yarra Ranges community create healthier environments in the settings where people work, live, learn and play
We work in partnership with a variety of local and state organisations including Yarra Ranges Council, Eastern Health and the Department of Health. Our team regularly participates in Community of Practice and Professional Development events and programs to ensure a strong, evidence-based foundation.
Our Health Promotion projects are primarily funded through the Department of Health or via grant funding. This means that there is no cost to settings such as schools, recreation venues or the wider community when we implement our projects.
Some of our Projects
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Step and Connect
Step and Connect is an active living project based in Lilydale aimed at encouraging increased participation in physical activity opportunities for women and girls.
Step and Connect consists of 3 components. These include:
- A map of all Active Living/Recreational opportunities in Lilydale featuring 5 categories: Trails (walk/bike/horse), Parks/Playgrounds/Green spaces, Sport/Rec reserves, Public Art POI and Community POI
- Establishment of a Women’s Only Walking Group in collaboration with the Lilydale Community House
- Hosting a series of co-designed pop-up events for local teenage girls aged 12 – 15, showcasing non-structured activity opportunities in Lilydale. The series will explore opportunities such as: roller derby, cycling the Warburton and Yarra Valley Rail Trails, outdoor gym session, circus skills, lawn bowling, yoga in the park, skateboarding and exploring local walking trails.
Yarra Ranges Food Connections
Inspiro are leading the partnership committee in working together to connect community and create a resilient, sustainable, healthy and equitable food system within the Yarra Ranges.
What is a local food system? Check out this informative 10 min video created by Inspiro & Masters of Dietetic students from Deakin Uni – Savannah and Adele (2021)
Healthy Choices in Sports and Rec
Inspiro partners with Belgravia Leisure and Yarra Ranges Council, working towards changing the environment to enable promoting healthier options in our sports and recreational facilities. Grant applications have allowed us to purchase cold display fridges, popcorn machines, steamers, blenders and air fryers. Staff are being trained, the fridges are looking healthier and healthier options are on the rise.
Keeping Healthy Options Cool
As part of our work with Belgravia we produced these ‘Healthy Eating after exercise postcards’
Vic Kids Eat Well
The Vic Kids Eat Well movement is focused on transforming food and drink environments where kids spend their time.
Organisations or clubs join this statewide program: https://www.vickidseatwell.health.vic.gov.au/
Inspiro health promotion officers visit schools and clubs to help achieve the small changes and swaps, creating a healthier environment, receive rewards, resources and go into a prize draw.
Morning Move 4 Mind (MM4M)
MM4M is an Inspiro lead, train the trainer program. MM4M aims to
- increase physical activity
- provide practical coping strategies to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and
- increase resilience among primary school aged children.
The program aligns with much of the Department of Education’s Respectful Relationships curriculum and encourages children to achieve the National physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes per day.
In 2023, Morning Move for Mind was a finalist in the VicHealth Awards in the category of Outstanding Health Promotion Programs.
Art & Sole
Art and Sole aims to promote active living in Lilydale West through the celebration of Wurundjeri art, and installations of signed walks and maps. Signs include cultural and historical information gathered by local community historians and contemporary health promotion messages to encourage walking as an accessible physical activity.
Creating a Place for Women in Sport
Creating a Place for Women in Sport helps sporting clubs identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in promoting gender equality through the use of a Self-Assessment Audit Tool. The tool and associated resources enable a broad-based discussion on ways to create environments where women and men can participate equally and better understand how welcoming and inclusive their club is for women and girls.
- Pre-Tool Survey
- Self-Assessment Tool
- Gender Equity Action Plan Guide
Healthy Sports Vouchers
Let’s give our players the awards they deserve!
Inspiro is committed to supporting sporting clubs to be places that are active, healthy and socially connected. That’s why we have partnered with Yarra Ranges Council and Belgravia to facilitate the Healthy Sports Rewards initiative.
Healthy Sports Rewards are a great way to recognise junior players, they include a certificate of achievement with an attached voucher that offers free entry to local sports and recreation facilities (such as Yarra Centre, Monbulk Aquatic Centre and Kilsyth Centenary Pool).
Clubs can receive the vouchers by requesting via email@example.com or attending the yearly lease meeting at Council
In partnership with EDVOS, The Young Leaders program engages a group of students (aged 8-12) from interested primary schools in the Yarra Ranges and helps them develop a student voice project about promoting gender equality and respectful relationships in primary schools.
Participants will have the opportunity to be a part of a series of workshops to develop an awareness raising activity for their school and be given the opportunity to showcase their project/s at a celebration day.
This program is running in 2022, will be evaluated and rolled out further in 2023. To register your interest or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Smiles for Miles
Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV), which aims to improve the oral health of children and their families. The program is delivered to the educators of early learning services such as preschools and kindergartens and focuses on three key messages: “Drink Well, Eat Well and Clean Well”. Smiles 4 Miles has been implemented extensively across Victoria and Inspiro health promotion staff coordinate the program in the Yarra Ranges.
A free, 30 minute education session, screenings and individualised follow up advice from our wonderful Dental team are offered as part of the program
Every Body in Every School
Every Body in Every School is a practical toolkit that can be used by schools to help identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in promoting students’ wellbeing and health.
The toolkit focuses on factors that can influence body image, physical activity, and healthy eating in the school environment.
There are no right or wrong answers; this toolkit is used as a ‘temperature check’ at a moment in time.
Learnings can provide opportunities for schools to explore ways to create environments that support student’s body image and relationships with food and physical activity.
Find out more and access the Every Body in Every School toolkit here.
Infant Feeding, Active play and Nutrition (INFANT)
INFANT is a program consisting of four face-to-face group sessions offered to parents/caregivers when babies are around 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of age. INFANT is designed to help parents and families with healthy eating and active play from the start of their baby’s life. The program content is reinforced via an evidence-based app for parents called My Baby Now.
The program run in partnership with YRC and our Community Health Dietitian Karen
will start in November this year at Belgrave and Lilydale
Call 9738 8801 to register or ask your Maternal Child Health Nurse
Kids Healthy Eating
A set of 4 mini videos designed for supported playgroups but suitable for anyone with young children.
Part 1 – Bottle and breast what drinks are best
Part 2 – Sugary drinks, your teeth and health
Part 3 – Fussy eating
Part 4 – Packaged foods and snacks
There are activities that can accompany the videos please contact email@example.com if you would like a copy
Hakka Chin voice over – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvOzYRBNzu4QhNJ7MTRV0WbubTnrCPgxS
English voice over – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvOzYRBNzu4TxBdtT1WK6TDlgIetgMgce
Created by Inspiro Community Health & Masters of Dietetic students from Latrobe Uni – Grace and Lachlan (2020)
You Can’t Be What You Can’t See
The ‘You Can’t Be What You Can’t See’ poster series was developed in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council and EDOVS and aims to promote gender equity and breakdown gender stereotypes. By challenging aspects of gender inequality, such as rigid stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity, we work towards creating communities that are safe and free from violence.
Free poster series can be found here
Resource information can be found here
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