On Saturday, 14 September, Yea & District Memorial Hospital’s Health Promotion Officer attended the Murrindindi Shire Council Pool Party in Yea as part of the hospital’s partnership with Deakin University’s RESPOND project (known locally as Grow Well Dindi). Information about the project and its aims* were shared through conversation with local community members and take-home flyers, with healthy free recipes (iced fruit tea, fruit sticks, zucchini slice, and vegetable fritters) also available for all who were interested. The free fruit—which included strawberries, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, and oranges—was enjoyed by pool party attendees of all ages, with many declaring it to be one of the most refreshing ways to cool down on such a hot day.
You can find Grow Well Dindi at the next Gnarly Neighbours x Murrindindi Shire Council skate day on Friday, 17 February, from 4-6 pm.
* RESPOND is a community-led, place-based approach to improving the health and well-being of local children and the wider community through a series of tailored projects. Local health workers partner with communities to help them identify their own community-specific actions to create healthier food environments and get local kids more active.