Healthy Kids Advisors (HKAs) 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.
Healthy Kids Advisors aim to transform food and drink option in schools and other family focused facilities/venues to support good health. HKAs will guide and support organisations through simple achievable steps to reach their healthy food and drink goals.
The HKA approach will be about generating local buzz and creating public excitement while looking for ways to sustainably embed these healthy changes.
Healthy Kids Advisors is a 3-year initiative supported by the Victorian Government and Australian Government.
Why is SAKGF involved?
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) is delighted to be leading a new initiative on behalf of the Victorian Government. This project aligns with SAKGF’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.
Why is this program being introduced during changing stages of lockdown?
As communities continue with their covid recovery, families want to make better choices for themselves, and we want to help them with that.
Our important work continues throughout this time, and we are happy to work with settings in a covid safe way, at any stage of lockdown.
We are respectful of organisational capacity and pressures in these times so facilities may prefer to reach out to us at a time that is suitable to them.
As 75% of our LGAs are located in regional Victoria, we are planning to engage, generate buzz and co-create this positive initiative as we reopen.
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 January 2022. The project is funded to 30 June 2024.
How does my organisation get involved?
Please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which local governments are involved?
The priority communities align with VicHealth’s Local Government Partnerships (VLGP) across Victoria so aim to offer a boost to the existing health promotion workforce:
1. Buloke Shire Council
2. Central Goldfields Shire Council
3. City of Greater Bendigo
4. Colac Otway Shire Council
5. East Gippsland Shire Council
6. Glenelg Shire Council
7. Greater Dandenong City Council
8. Greater Shepparton City Council
9. Hume City Council
10. Melton City Council
11. Mildura Rural City Council
12. Northern Grampians Shire Council
13. Southern Grampians Shire Council.
Who else is involved?
As well as Cancer Council Victoria (CCV), 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.
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.
Read more about Healthy Kids Advisors.
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