Mid North Coast LHD are supporting staff to make healthy their new normal

Statistics have shown that a healthy worker is happier and more productive. In short, a healthy workforce goes a long way towards creating a great place to work. Get Healthy at Work is an initiative of NSW Health and SafeWork NSW and aims to enhance the health of employees by targeting individual, behavioural and workplace factors that impact poor health.

Over the past few weeks, Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) staff were able to take advantage of the free, confidential, face-to-face health checks on offer by an accredited health professional to assess their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Mr Stewart Dowrick, Chief Executive, MNCLHD, is pictured (middle bottom picture) with the MNCLHD Healthy People Healthy Places Coordinator Trish Davis encouraging staff to have a Get Healthy at Work health check and Make Healthy Normal.

Trish said “Staff have seized the opportunity to have a brief health check. It has been so rewarding to witness their willingness to consider their chronic disease risks. There are some simple things we can do now as an organisation to make healthy choices easier.”

Staff participation in the Get Healthy at Work program will help services better understand the key health concerns affecting their workplace and will enable services to design programs to effectively address these concerns in the future.

Please visit Get Healthy at Work for more information.

Moree Boomerangs Men’s and Women’s Rugby League Clubs (The ‘Rangs’) are making healthy normal

In February this year, the Hunter New England (HNE) Local Health District Aboriginal Go4Fun and Make Healthy Normal program teams were invited by the Moree Boomerangs Men’s and Women’s Rugby League Clubs (The ‘Rangs’) to yarn about making healthy normal and how to achieve being healthy, including self-determination, nutrition, injury prevention, and sports performance.

The HNE Go4Fun team consisted of Nicole Turner (Aboriginal Nutritionist, and Make Healthy Normal Ambassador), and Wayne Gahan (Aboriginal Senior Project Officer). Cassia Lindsay, Aboriginal Project Officer from HNE Population Health, and registered Physiotherapist, also attended. 21 Rangs team members and coaching staff came to the session, where lots of interesting discussion followed about understanding fats and sugars in foods, drinking water, diabetes awareness and management, prioritising healthy foods and avoiding sports and energy drinks, stretching, and optimising lung function during training and travelling to games.

Good luck to all the teams for their preparation and performance in the 2018 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, to be held in Dubbo:29 September – 1 October 2018.

New Make Healthy Normal water refill station at Blacktown Hospital

Through a new local Make Healthy Normal initiative between Western Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Water, they have installed their first water refill station in Blacktown Hospital, encouraging people to make tap water their drink, in English, Arabic, Chinese and Hindi. Another water refill station will be installed in Westmead Hospital soon.

This initiative is great for the health of staff, patients and visitors to the hospital in line with the Healthy Food and Drink in NSW Health Facilities for Staff and Visitors Framework.

Make Healthy Normal Zone at Murrumbateman Field Days

Challenge yourself to the Make Healthy Normal Zone at one of the Murrumbateman Field Days on Saturday 21 October 2017, 19 East Street Murrumbateman. Grab a free healthy snack, speak with a health expert or be part of some outdoor activities!

The Murrumbateman Field Days is one of the region’s premier events and the flagship annual event for the Yass Valley. Murrumbateman is around 30 minutes from Canberra.

Visit Murrumbateman Field Days for more information.

Make Healthy Normal Zone at Kidtopia in Parramatta Park

The Make Health Normal Zone is going to Kidtopia this coming weekend, Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October 2017, at Parramatta Park. The MHN Zone will be abuzz with fun outdoor activities, including a giant inflatable slide, totem tennis, soccer and hula-hooping, as well as visits from some of our favourite sports people from football, netball and AFL, including Matilda’s star Caitlin Cooper, who will be there on Saturday. There will also be experts on hand to offer advice on healthy eating.

Held across three days, Kidtopia is packed with live music, theatre, circus, delicious food and tonnes of activities for kids and grown-ups to enjoy together.

For more information visit the MHN Kidtopia page.

Make Healthy Normal celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) with communities in Cabramatta

The Make Healthy Normal Zone is excited to be heading to the Cabramatta Moon Festival on Sunday 24th September in Cabramatta’s CBD. The Zone will be welcoming local residents and visitors, inviting them to talk to health experts, grab a free healthy snack, and participate in fun activities that can help make healthy normal for their families.

Moon Festival is the one of the most significant festivals in the year for many NSW families from Chinese and Vietnamese backgrounds and has a strong cultural connotation of family. The Cabramatta Moon Festival 2017 will see the streets come alive with an array of performances, activities and culinary delights with a colourful fireworks display in the evening.

Narrandera will be challenging locals to Make Healthy Normal this Saturday at the Narrandera Show

This Saturday 2nd of September, the Make Healthy Normal Zone will make its way to Narrandera Show (an hour out of Wagga Wagga) where locals can talk to a health expert, grab a free snack and test their totem tennis, soccer and hula-hooping skills against family and friends for the chance to win a prize.

There will be show rides, fashion parades, entertainment, cars, trucks and bikes, horses, craft and cooking plus a fireworks display at 7pm. For more information, please visit

Make Healthy Normal at Tharawal

Tharawal AMS will be cooking up a storm for Make Healthy Normal

Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, Campbelltown, will host the Make Healthy Normal Koori Cook-Off and Koori Moves next Friday, August 18 from 10:30am, in conjunction with the Heart Foundation and the NSW Aboriginal Knockout Health Challenge.

The MHN Koori Cook-Off will involve four teams, each made up of four members. They’ll go head to head, to cook up a winning healthy, tasty meal and the winner will be chosen by a local community judging panel.

Former Australian rugby league player Nathan Blacklock from the NSWRL, an Ambassador of the NSW Aboriginal Knockout Health Challenge, will also be there in support of the Knockout Health Challenge and to show the community some Koori Moves around physical activity.

Download the flyer for Make Healthy Normal at Tharawal.

NSW Ministry of Health Team running in the City to Surf and Making Healthy Normal

Approximately 20 staff from the NSW Ministry of Health are running in this Sunday’s City to Surf, and they will be wearing Make Healthy Normal t-shirts to promote our messages of being physically active and healthy. There’s a 40 year span of ages in the team – from 24 to 64 making it very inclusive and reminding us that you can be more active and healthy at any age.

Good luck to you all. Have a great run and remember to drink lots of water. Some of the team members are pictured modelling the Make Healthy Normal t-shirts.

Libraries promoting the Get Healthy Service as part of Make Healthy Normal

Bookworms across Western Sydney are being encouraged to turn the page and make healthy normal by signing up for free telephone coaching from the Get Healthy Service.

Western Sydney Local Health District has partnered with libraries in their local Council areas to spread the Make Healthy Normal messages to their visitors. MHN display at one of the libraries.

Why don’t you make healthy normal too and visit the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service website to find out more about how to get your free personal health coach.

Making Healthy Normal celebrating NAIDOC 2017

Make Healthy Normal, in partnership with the Heart Foundation and Cox Inall Ridgeway, celebrated NAIDOC week with Aboriginal communities in Moree on Tuesday 27 June, engaging with students and parents; and in Nowra on Wednesday 5 July engaging with over 1000 people; as well as at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern on Friday 7 July.

Making Healthy Normal at NAIDOC week in Moree

Make Healthy Normal, in partnership with the Heart Foundation, was at Moree Secondary College yesterday (27 June 2017), where students and their parents and local community members and services cooked up a storm with the MHN Murri Cook Off and displayed their MHN Murri Moves as part of NAIDOC Week celebration.

The team will be taking the MHN activation to Nowra next Wed 5 June for their NAIDOC week celebration. See flyer link below for more information.

Download the flyer for Make Healthy Normal - Nowra Event.

Making Healthy Normal at the 5 Lands Walk on the Central Coast

This Saturday, Participants in the 5 Lands Walk on the Central Coast of NSW can take a break at the Make Health Normal Zone at Avoca Beach and enjoy a healthy break with water and the healthy snacks on offer.

The Make Healthy Normal Zone will be setting up camp on Avoca Beach, midway through the 5 Lands Walk on the Central Coast on Saturday 24th June, between 8:30am and 3:00pm. The MHN Zone will support walkers in their physical activity and provide them with water and healthy snacks for their breaks, and provide them with advice on small steps to continue to stay active and eat well.

Download the flyer for Make Healthy Normal at the 5 Lands Walk.

Join us for the Dads v Dads kick off

Dads v Dads is the ultimate soccer challenge for Make Healthy Normal, where two teams of regular dads face off for glory, prizes and a healthier lifestyle. Join us at 12pm on Sunday 25 June at Robin Thomas Reserve, Parramatta.

Find out more at Make Healthy Normal - Dads V Dads.

Making healthy normal at Blacktown Refugee Week

Community members from various culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Western Sydney can visit the Make Healthy Normal Zone at the Blacktown Refugee Week Event.

The Make Healthy Normal campaign is teaming up with Western Sydney Local Health District and Sydney West Service during Refugee Week on 20 June in Blacktown to encourage families from CALD backgrounds to get more active and healthy. The event will be held at Blacktown RSL from 10am to 1pm.

Download the flyer for Make Healthy Normal Event at Refugee Week.

Men's Health Week is making healthy normal

Men and their families will be enjoying a healthy lunch and will learn about healthy eating and active living at the Make Healthy Normal Zone at the Men's Shed in Emerton on 14th June.

Make Healthy Normal has teamed up with Men's Health Week 12-18 June to encourage men to get more active and healthy, including with their families. We are conducting a Make Healthy Normal event at the Men's Shed in Emerton on Wednesday 14 June (10am-2pm). There is also Make Healthy Normal information on the Men's Health Week website, in their newsletter and in resources being distributed across NSW to encourage men to make healthy normal #menshealthweek.

Download the flyer for Make Healthy Normal Zone at the Men's Shed.

The latest NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) has been released

The NSW School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) 2015 Report is now available on the NSW Health website page - NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) 2015: Full Report. SPANS is a school based population survey of children aged 5 to 16 years. The 7,556 students surveyed in February and March 2015 were representative of school students in NSW.

Stakeholder briefing event

More than 60 people attended the Make Healthy Normal Stakeholder Briefing event hosted by Dr Kerry Chant and held at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence at Redfern on 2 May.

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