Healthy Together Wodonga aims to improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play. Specifically, the Healthy Together Wodonga team collaborate with early childhood services and schools to support the health and wellbeing of children, staff and families by building on their health promotion approaches to become a health promoting setting.
What is a health promoting school or service?
A health promoting environment helps children and young people to learn better, and develop healthy eating and exercise habits for life. A health promoting school or service shows commitment to enhancing the emotional, social, physical and health and wellbeing of all community members.
Healthy Together Achievement Program
The Achievement Program was jointly developed by the Department of Health and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
It provides a framework for schools and services to create healthier environments and recognises their achievements in promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
The Achievement Program involves a cycle of continuous planning, action and review throughout three phases and eight health priority areas
Coordinate: Developing the foundations for adopting a health promoting schools approach (e.g., establishing a health and wellbeing team, promoting whole school or service engagement)
Create: Developing an action plan and working towards meet Health Priority Benchmarks
Celebrate: Reviewing and reflecting, applying for recognition of achievements
Want to gain recognition early?
Primary schools and services may be eligible for ‘advanced standing’. This is where prior work in a health priority area is recognised. Advanced standing recognises the pre-existing achievements of a school or service in a specific health priority area.After completing step five, eligible schools can apply for advanced standing for:
You will receive more information and an advanced standing application form once you have completed the co-ordination stage.
Engaging families through Facebook
Facebook is a cost effective and simple way to communicate with your parents, students and families. It can be used for good news stories and include details of classroom learning and instances of student achievement. It is also a quick way to get information to parents. Prior to setting up a Facebook page, it is important to discuss procedures for using it as a formal way to connect with parents. It is a good idea to establish clear user protocols.
A great example of a school using their Facebook page well is that of Koroit and District Primary School. As a result, parents feel more comfortable to offer suggestions, volunteer and share information with the school.
Parent skills and assistance
Families have the first and most significant influence on their children’s learning, development, health, safety and wellbeing, and should be partners in their childhood education. As families are a key component of a whole-service/school approach to health promotion, it is important they have opportunities to share their ideas, concerns and priorities.
It is important to encourage families to become active participants in their child’s learning about health and wellbeing. This will create stronger links between the home and the service/school and opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles. It is also important to raise awareness of the health promoting services/schools approach with families so they have an understanding of what it is and why the service is working in this way.
Who has already signed up to the Achievement Program?
Early childhood services
Wodonga primary schools
Frequently asked questions
Want to know more about The Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program, a list of frequently asked questions are available.
Last updated: 10-11-2015
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