Healthy Kids Advisors FAQs

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Who are Healthy Kids Advisors?

Healthy Kids Advisors are a dedicated workforce of health promotion and community engagement experts who will provide hands on support for healthy eating in places where children and families gather.

The Advisors will generate local buzz about Vic Kids Eat Well, an exciting new Victoria-wide movement that aims to transform food and drink options in schools and other family focused facilities/venues. Operating in 13 targeted communities, Healthy Kids Advisors will work alongside the existing health promotion workforce to tailor the program and reach their specific healthy food and drink goals.

Healthy Kids Advisors is a 3-year initiative supported by the Victorian Government and the Australian Government. 

Why is the Foundation involved?

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) is delighted to be leading this new initiative on behalf of the Victorian Government. This project aligns with the Foundation’s vision to see children form positive food habits for life. 

Through 20 years of delivering the Kitchen Garden Program, we are well experienced in responding to the needs of children and their families. We are also experienced in co-creating food education programs with settings and helping to engage community in making positive changes in local food culture.  

We are excited to see a similar approach being utilised outside of the school gate, so that children receive consistent food messaging and behaviour in their wider community.

Are Healthy Kids Advisors associated with the Kitchen Garden Program?

The Kitchen Garden Program continues to go from strength to strength and remains our core program with our key partners and wonderful schools supporting its growth.  

A newly established dedicated team will focus solely on Healthy Kids Advisors and will be targeting 13 communities across Victoria.   

What is the timing of HKA?

Foundation work is underway, and recruitment of the new workforce has commenced. We anticipate the Advisors being on the ground by February 2022. The project is funded to 30 June 2024.

Which local governments are involved?

The priority communities align with VicHealth’s Local Government Partnerships (VLGP) across Victoria and aim to offer a boost to the existing health promotion workforce: 

  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Greater Dandenong City Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council.

I’m not in an HKA community, can I still be involved? Why aren’t all 16 VLGPs involved?

To reinforce the placed-based effort, Healthy Kids Advisors are located only in the 13 VicHealth Local Government Partnership (VLGP) Fast-Track Councils who chose a focus on healthy eating.  VicHealth provided a further three councils a modified support package, and Healthy Kids Advisors are not located at these sites.  

Who else is involved?

As well as Cancer Council Victoria, Nutrition Australia, and VicHealth, Healthy Kids Advisors will be working with other initiatives designed to boost healthy eating efforts in communities; particularly community health, council and other local workforce allies to make healthy changes within communities. 

How will the Healthy Kids Advisors Initiative adapt to the COVID climate?

We are committed to our important work throughout this unique time and respectful of the organisational capacity and pressures being created by COVID. Healthy Kids Advisors will work with local community partners to adapt to each area’s local context and COVID risk management priorities.

How does my organisation get involved?

Please register your interest by emailing hka@kitchengardenfoundation.org.au.

Can I apply to become a Healthy Kids Advisor?

To learn more about this opportunity visit our recruitment partner.

Read more about Healthy Kids Advisors.

Healthy Kids Advisors is a 3-year initiative supported by the Victorian Government and the Australian Government. 



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