A free online professional development course for health and community professionals working with families in WA, funded by the WA and Australian governments.
Food and Nutrition
Talking with parents about children’s weight
Better Health Program
Funded by the WA and Australian governments, the Better Health Program is a free, family-based program for kids aged 7-13years to become fitter, healthier and happier.
School Breakfast Program
Supplies breakfast food to registered schools free of charge, giving all students an equal opportunity to receive a nutritious breakfast on a regular basis.
Food Sensations® is an interactive food literacy and cooking initiative, improving knowledge and understanding of nutritious foods and providing skills to purchase and prepare them.
Refresh.ED is a comprehensive online resource to help teachers introduce food and nutrition in classrooms from kindergarten to year 10.
Supporting schools to implement the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink policy
WASCA provides resources, advice and training to support school communities to implement the HFD policy and support healthy eating by students and wider community. Contact WASCA for canteen menu, recipe or product assessments; canteen consultancy; business review; food safety and hygiene training and resources; student and parent workshops; educator training for canteen staff, parent bodies or teachers; resources; cookbooks; and professional development events.
Crunch&Sip is a set break to eat fruit or salad vegetables and drink water in the classroom. WA primary schools and classrooms can sign up to officially participate.
Take the Challenge teacher resources
Kitchen Garden Classroom
The Kitchen Garden classroom developed by Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) offers ELC, Primary and secondary schools the opportunity to engage in curriculum based hands on learning.
Health Promoting Schools Grant Scheme
In support of the increasing emphasis on health promotion in schools, Healthway is offering grants of up to $2,500 to Western Australian school communities through the Health Promoting Schools Grant Scheme. This is an initiative from Healthway to support schools to develop projects that promote the health of their students through activities aligned with the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) Framework.
Schools are encouraged to undertake activities that promote one of the priority health areas; mental health, nutrition or physical activity. All schools throughout Western Australia are eligible to apply and there are no closing dates. Applications are particularly encouraged from schools in rural and remote areas and those with high numbers of Indigenous students.
Supporting Nutrition for Australian Childcare (SNAC)
A nutrition and healthy eating support site for early childhood education and care services. This is a place for you to connect with other childcare professionals to share your experiences, ideas and thoughts and to build a network of support around healthy eating. There are many reliable, accurate resources to help you provide a healthy eating environment at your service – fact sheets, recipes, videos, quizzes. Researchers at ECU, Perth, Western Australia have developed the exciting new research project, Supporting Nutrition for Australian Childcare.
SNACPlus is a resource to help early childhood educators introduce food and nutrition education to the children they teach.
Edith Cowan University has developed materials for use in childcare centres, and this program has been developed to meet many of the requirements of the ‘Early Years Learning Framework’ and ‘National Quality Standards’ that aim to improve education and care across long day care, family day care, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care.
Fuel Your Future
Fuel Your Future is a healthy eating and cooking program designed especially for youth (12-18 years). The program consists of four fun, hands on and interactive workshops that help build confidence and while enhancing food planning, preparation and cooking skills. Youth centres and schools in the Pilbara region can register for the FREE program.
Food Sensations for Parents
Food Sensations® for Parents is a healthy eating and cooking program designed especially for parents of 0-5 year old children. The four-series program empowers parents with knowledge and skills to provide nutritious meals for themselves and their families. Playgroups, child and parent centres in the Pilbara region can register for the FREE program.
Superhero Foods is an online resource available for teachers and health educators; this fun and fresh approach to nutrition education and cooking aims to empower children to make healthy lifestyle choices. At Superhero Foods HQ, you can find free, hands-on interactive nutrition resources for use in your classroom. Resources include a range of lesson plans (Foundation – Year 10) linked to the Australian National Curriculum with a host of complimentary resources to make nutrition education engaging and fun.
EON Thriving Communities Program
The EON Thriving Communities Program has been operating since 2005. It is a hands-on, practical gardening, nutrition education, cooking and hygiene program, delivered in partnership with remote schools and focused on improving health and preventing disease in remote Aboriginal communities throughout Western Australia and Northern Territory. The EON Thriving Communities Program reduces preventable chronic disease caused or compounded by poor nutrition and its social consequences by:
• Partnering with communities for up to five years to make a lasting contribution to community health. We only go to communities that invite us in and work alongside us to achieve sustainability. We visit our communities every fortnight, developing strong relationships and working alongside community members.
• Establishing local edible gardens to improve food security and access to healthy food for school children, their families and community members.
• Delivering nutrition education, training and skills, that is, the motivation and means to improve nutrition on a sustainable basis and create sustainable and healthy communities. The Program is practical and tailored to build capacity in communities to develop good health, improve food sources and provide training and employment.
• Engaging at risk children in learning using edible gardens and nutritious cooking classes as an extension to the classroom.
• Improving social, physical and emotional wellbeing through engagement of the whole community in community gardens.
• Our innovative, grassroots EON Thriving Communities Program has been delivered with great success in 24 communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.
Community Nutrition Education Programs
Spotscreen recognises the vital role of schools as leaders in the promotion of healthy eating and active living. Working alongside school policies and standards Spotscreen has developed nutrition education programs including school cooking classes, nutrition seminars and workshops for parents and children.