Portland’s Active April event: ‘Fitness by the Sea’

Get ready for Portland’s Active April event: ‘Fitness by the Sea’, from 2nd to 30th April.

Events are free, and are the perfect way to kick start your 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

The sessions are provided by local groups including FLOW Yoga, Brenda’s Functional Fitness, PH@HOME, YMCA, Wednesday Walking Group and Portland Parkrun.

From 16th to 20th April, activities will be available at the Portland Foreshore, near the skate park. Other events are at community venues.

Look for the calendar of events on the SEA Change website and Facebook page.

Register before April for your 10 free YMCA passes at www.activeapril.vic.gov.au

Remember, everyone needs at least thirty minutes of activity every day.

For more information: 55221197

Active April Program 2018


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SEA Change is having another healthy breakfast and you’re all invited!

SEA Change is an exciting, new and innovative approach about making the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in the Portland region.

Like many communities across Australia, the reality is that in the Portland region, when it comes to healthy eating and physical activity, the healthy choice is not the easy one.

SEA Change is about the whole community coming together and making changes so that the healthy choice is the much easier choice, especially for children.

This is an ambitious approach and it needs your involvement to make it a reality, there has been some fantastic work being done in our community.

Be part of the change you want to see in Portland and join us on December 1. Come along and join us for a healthy breakfast to hear about the great local actions, how health behaviours are trending and help take the lead to a healthy community.

Celebration details:
Where: Glenelg Shire Council, Reception Room – Cliff Street (Enter via the Glenelg Street entrance)
When: December 1, 2017
Time: 7:30am – 9:00am 

RSVP Essential:
Call Kelly on 0437 043 550, or email your RSVP to lquartermaine.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.auFlyer_2017_Celebration

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Are you at risk of type 2 diabetes? Check your risk with this simple online test and #TellTen friends to do it too – you could save a life. www.lifeprogram.org.au/ausdrisk-test

The Life! program is celebrating 10 years of helping Victorians reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Take the type 2 diabetes risk test now and #TellTen people you know to do it too! www.lifeprogram.org.au/ausdrisk-test

Portland District Health is now recruiting for their 20th Life! Program…  you and a partner or  friend may be eligible for this Best Practice,  Free program so do the AUSDRISK test today

Enquiries Rosemary 55221175 or Amy 55221149


For Referrals and self referrals if Eligible..

PDH Intake : Ph 55210653, Fax 55210625 Intake.Pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au

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Portland Students Lead the way in Healthy Eating

Portland Secondary College students are leading the way in inspiring healthier eating choices in the community.

The students have initiated a campaign aligned to the SEA Change initiative that highlights healthy eating options on the school canteen menu. The program was inspired by a Student Representative Council survey that highlighted students’ interest in understanding the healthy food options in the school canteen.

“Based on the results of the survey, they decided they wanted to do something about it,” teacher Liam Doyle said.

The students were aware of the SEA Change initiative and learned that Portland has a higher rate of overweight and obesity compared with Victoria, including school students.

They decided to create new menu boards featuring color-coded items according to the Traffic Light System of Food Labelling with ‘green’ food indicating the healthiest food options, along with ‘amber’ and ‘red’ options based on sugar, fat and salt content.

After liaising with canteen staff, Portland District Health dietitians and PDH Health Promotion team, the students also created four double-side menu boards covering snacks, drinks, rolls and sandwiches, and hot foods.

They have also developed posters to promote consumption of fruit and healthier drink options,  including fun facts about fruit.

The next phase of the project is an awareness program which will include showing That Sugar Film to Year 7 classes.

“It’s only new but hopefully students will take note of the healthy options,” Mr Doyle said.

The school also hopes to expand on the installation of food stations that were introduced earlier this year, to give students more opportunities to bring nutritious food from home and use microwaves and sandwich toasters.

The new program is part of an overall campaign at Portland Secondary College to work in the community to improve health outcomes, which has included kindergarten visits to promote dental health and good eating choices.

Health promotion officer at Portland District Health and SeaChange Ambassador, Lindy Stuchbery, said the students’ initiative was very pleasing.

“It’s a huge step forward for our community; it shows our young people are starting to take the initiative,” she said.

“The students came up with the concept, found an evidence-based guide for the color coding, used their design skills, sought confirmation from PDH dietitians and were more than happy to reach out for assistance,” Ms Stuchbery said.

“With a population of over 700 students at Portland Secondary College, the SRC is making a huge contribution towards creating a healthier community. This is a great example of the community embracing the SEA Change initiative”

2017 SRCCanteen poster


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SEA Change Meet and Eat

SEA Change Portland held an event at Portland’s Café Lazat last month. The event was a networking breakfast for all community members to have a chat about what they might be doing or wanting to do to help reduce the obesity rates in this area. The breakfast brought together people who had already been working with SEA Change as well as people who hadn’t. It was a great way to bounce ideas off each other and see what else is happening in our community. Café Lazat served a delicious and healthy breakfast with great variety.

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Active April

Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.

Fitness by the Sea is a collaboration between Brenda’s Functional Fitness, PT@HOME, YMCA, Portland Runners Club, SNAP Fitness and SEA Change Portland.

Together we’ve come up with a program full of free activities you can do in Portland during April.

For more information contact the SEA Change team, or follow us on Facebook.



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Sit to Stand Workstations

Portland District Health’s Leadership Group members have been encouraging staff to trial a sit-to-stand workstation. This is a SEA Change initiative to encourage staff to be aware of and to try to minimise prolonged sitting which is classified and ‘sedentary behaviour’.

Sedentary behaviour is associated with poorer health outcomes, including an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. It is recommended adults minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting and break up long periods of sitting as often as possible (Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines).


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