With both the coast and country at our doorstep, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle in Wyndham. Bookmark this page so you can find out more about how to keep physically active and healthy. There’s something for everyone, from finding a sports club for you or your children to tips and recipes for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Discover Wyndham City’s parks, sporting facilities and network of bicycle and walking trails and keep up to date with the latest activities, events and programs. To help you discover the outdoors, Wyndham City has My Wyndham which allows you to find the closest park, reserve, sporting ground, dog off lead area and more.
Improve the general health and wellbeing for your family
- Community gardening (Werribee park orchard, EcoLiving centres)
- Werribee park orchard: visit the Werribee Park Orchard website
- Shoestring gardening - visit the Shoestrings Gardening Facebook page
- Wyndham Environmental park - visit the Wyndham Environmental park website
- Wyndham get gardening page for local centres/activities - visit the Wyndham City, Green Living webpage.
- Community gardening info online - visit the Community gardening website
- Street play - visit the Play Out website
- Brain health - visit the Your Brain Matters website
- Quit smoking - visit the Quit website
- Stress - visit the Better Health website
- Weight loss - visit the Better Health channel website
- Type 2 diabetes prevention - visit the Better Health channel website
Babies and kids
- Information and support: pre-pregnancy to baby’s first year of life - visit the Pregnancy First website.
- Breastfeeding basics in Arabic - visit the Health Information website.
- Breastfeeding basics in Vietnamese - visit the Health Information website.
- Breastfeeding basics in Hindi - visit the Health Information website.
- Breastfeeding basics in Somali - visit the Health Information website.
- Australian Breastfeeding Association- visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website
- Local activities for seniors - visit the Italian Sports Club website.
- Healthy Ageing - visit the Better Health Channel website.
- Staying Active - visit the Better Health Channel website.
- 10 tips for active seniors - visit the Better Health Channel website.
- Gardening - visit the Better Health Channel website.
Healthy Living Tools
Healthy eating tips and tools
- EcoLiving Centre: visit the Shoestrings website.
- Werribee Heritage Orchard: visit the Werribee Heritage Orchard website
- Healthy Eating Advisory Service: visit the Healthy Together website
- Eating on a budget: visit the Food Cent Program website
- Food for your life stage: visit the Better Health website
- Aboriginal health and nutrition: visit the VACCHO website
- 5 ways to get your 5 a day: visit the Kids Health website
- Lunch box tips: visit the Better Health website
Healthy eating help
My kids won't eat veggies!
Getting the kids to eat their vegies is a struggle that has gone on for generations. But with 10% of all Wyndham residents eating less than one or no vegetables a day and fewer than 5% eating the recommended five serves a day, even the grown-ups are finding healthy eating tough.
Vegetable consumption has an impact on immunity, so children who don’t eat enough of them can get sick a lot and in the long term, if they don’t learn to eat different vegies in childhood, it can increase their chances of chronic disease, like diabetes, cancer and heart disease later in life.
Here are some tricks to get children eating more vegetables:
- Some children hate certain textures so try different ones like crunchy and soft, and then serve the vegetables the way they prefer
- Hiding small amounts of grated vegies in sauces, quiches and baked goods is another good idea
- Blend in the vegetables; hide them behind other foods, in things like spaghetti bolognese
- There are some great recipes around for baked goodies like beetroot brownies and carrot cake
5 great reasons for kids to eat more vegies:
- Eating vegies improves concentration and learning ability
- Establishing healthy habits early sets them up for a healthy life
- Eating enough vegies gives children more energy
- Healthy eating habits help them grow stronger and taller
- When they eat better, they feel better and have more fun!
The thing to remember is that parents decide what their children eat, whereas your child decides if they eat it and how much they eat. Parents with children who have developmental delays may need support from an appropriate health practitioner.
Wyndham Healthy Catering Guide
The Wyndham Healthy Catering Guide has been developed by Wyndham City to provide workplaces, associations and groups with healthier catering choices. All menu items have been assessed by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service using the Healthy Choices guidelines. These guidelines use a ‘traffic light’ rating system and only menu items with a green or amber rating have been included in this handbook.
Rethink that Sugary Drink!
It’s easy to forget that drinks, as well as food, contain kilojoules. But drinking sugary drinks regularly can lead to weight gain.
Five fast facts about sugary drinks:
- Drinking a can of soft drink every day can pile on an extra 6.5kgs to your weight a year
- Drinking a can of soft drink a day costs $1095 a year
- If you drink a 600ml orange fruit drink each day you’ll consume 23 kgs of sugar a year
- A 600ml sports drink contains 9 teaspoons of sugar
- A 250ml energy drink contains 7 teaspoons of sugar
Check out this list of popular drinks to find out how they are affecting you:
- 100% fruit juice can be part of a healthy diet as long as you keep it to no more than half a glass. Although 100% juice has some vitamins, it’s also high in sugars. That means more kilojoules and a risk of tooth decay if you drink too much of them.
- are high in kilojoules and you should take them off the menu or drink them only occasionally
- Sports drinks – just because you’re playing sport doesn’t mean you need one. They are high in kilojoules and sugar and aren’t needed for moderate exercise. They may be useful if you’re doing more than 90 minutes of exercise and need a quick recovery.
- Energy drinks are very high in sugar and caffeine and should be avoided.
- Reduced fat milk is a healthy drink that gives you calcium and protein and is one of the three serves of dairy your body needs daily. Steer clear of the flavoured milks as they contain added sugar.
- Green tea, black tea and coffee are good sources of antioxidants and a diet high in antidoxidants may help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. If you add milk, make it low fat, and skip the sugar or at least keep it to a minimum.
Find out what sugary drinks do to your body with this sugary drinks calculator.
Eating Fresh & Healthy
Did you know that Wyndham is an important food bowl, with Werribee South and surrounds producing 85% of the state’s cauliflower, 53% of the broccoli and 34% of lettuce. However, there is a lack of direct access for local consumers.
You can attend a local farmers market, or if you grow your own fruit and vegetables at home, why not share excess produce at a local garden swap. For real farm fresh produce, a local grower has farm gate sales every weekend, while in nearby Bacchus Marsh, one of the apple orchards also has produce for sale on-site.
- Wyndham Community Garden Swap (held on the first Sunday of the month)
- Iramoo Community Centre Food Swap (third Saturday of the month)
- Farm Fresh 2U (farm sales, 9-4pm on weekends)
Visit the What's on Calendar for full details.