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As part of the Healthy Eating Workplace Partnership, Gippsland Lakes Community Health’s accredited practising dietitian Chelsea Arceri recently delivered a healthy eating workshop at the East Gippsland Shire Council.

The workshop saw Ms Arceri speak to Shire staff about healthy snacking and its impact on productivity, energy and alertness at work. Information, recipes and nutrition queries were addressed during the session. Employees left with a reusable container full of delicious snacks to get them through the rest of their workday.

A healthy snack spread was provided as part of the workshop, with Ms Arceri’s homemade hummus proving so popular it earned the moniker “yummus”!

“Low GI, protein and high fibre are the top things people should I look for in a snack” Ms Arceri explained. “Examples included veggie sticks, fruit, popcorn, nuts, dried fruit, roasted chickpeas, bliss balls and the crowd favourite, homemade hummus.”

This workshop is one of many being delivered to some of the region’s largest organisations in East Gippsland, as part of the new collaborative partnership to encourage healthier eating within local businesses such as East Gippsland Water, East Gippsland Ports, Catchment Management Authority, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Federation Training, and motor groups such as Hyundai and Mazda.  

Funded by the East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership, the Healthy Eating Workplace Partnership aims to increase employee exposure to healthy eating choices in the workplace and decrease access to discretionary foods that are high in sugar, fat, salt and kilojoules. By enhancing knowledge around healthy food choices, the project is expected to help build the confidence and capacity of some 2,000 employees across the region, to help them to live a healthier life.

“GLCH is producing a resource for organisations within East Gippsland, to help them provide healthier foods for their employees” Ms Arceri said. “It will include a healthy catering guide with recipes and ideas for morning teas and work celebrations and more, and will be released by the end of the year. The resource will be available to any organisation within the East Gippsland region.

To find out more, including how your workplace can get involved in the program, contact the Health Promotion team at GLCH.