Healthier Options at Nippers

Sidney Dent’s first goal as a SEA Change Portland ambassador was accomplished when she had Portland Surf Lifesaving Nippers program to stop selling sausages and soft drink cans. As a SEA Change ambassador and the junior club captain of Portland Live Saving Club suggested at the first committee meeting prior to the season starting that healthier food options such as home made hamburgers, fried rice, fruit cups, yogurt, water and milk should be served. Sidney says that her reason behind leading this change is that “we are a community organisation that looks out for the health and safety of the public so we should be supporting healthier food options.” She is thankful for everyone that helped her make this small change within the community as it was a great success.

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Healthy Cooking Demonstrations

Thank you to all the people who stopped for a chat and a taste of the Fried Cauliflower Rice with Carrie and Lindy at Daly’s IGA Supermarket in Portland. SEA Change Portland’s champions Carrie Templeton and IGA Portland held demonstrations to the public on different recipes that are healthy, cost less money and take less time to prepare. Thank you to Carrie for doing the demonstrations and to IGA for donating the ingredients and helping to promote the event.

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Gluten Free Catering Kits

SEA Change Portland’s Healthy Food Options with support from Glenelg Shire Council and Portland Neighbourhood House have donated 7 Gluten Free Catering Kits to help volunteer caterers across the Shire. SEA Change also had input from Coeliac Australia. The kits are to help volunteers deliver safe gluten free food suitable for people with Coeliac Disease at community events. 3 kits are still available. For more information please contact Lindy on 5522 1197 or lindy.stuchbery.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au

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Free Fruit @ Woolworths

Woolworths Portland are now providing FREE fruit for kids in their supermarket. SEA change Portland is happy to support such a great local initiative, next time you are shopping with your children don’t forget to grab them a piece of fresh fruit to enjoy whilst you get your shopping done.

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SEA Change & the International Stage

As the SEA Change Portland approach continues to develop and evolve, the initial work that was undertaken in understanding the local issue, from the perspective of the Portland community, was written up and recently published on PLOS ONE.

For anyone unfamiliar with PLOS ONE, it is one of the most popular science journals in the world – effectively putting the SEA Change Portland approach on the international stage.

Here’s a copy of the Abstract Introduction:

Application of system thinking to the development, implementation and evaluation of childhood obesity prevention efforts represents the cutting edge of community-based prevention. We report on an approach to developing a system oriented community perspective on the causes of obesity.

This is a very exciting development for SEA Change Portland. To read the full publication, click on the following: A Community Based Systems Diagram of Obesity Causes

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