Yes, it's May already!

We hope you have been taking advantage of the cooler weather and have been cooking up some hearty, healthy meals. But don’t go into hibernation, instead keep your joggers on and find local sporting clubs, groups and gyms on the TeamUp app.

You asked for it! Second screening of That Sugar Film

Yes, it’s back by popular demand! Due to an amazing response from the community we are pleased to announce we will be conducting a second screening of That Sugar Film.

The screening will be at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 26, at The Cube Wodonga. This time round we won’t be doing a panel, but light refreshments will be provided and discussion encouraged after the show.

Don’t miss out! Adults $10, students and concession $5, The Cube Wodonga members $7.
Buy your tickets at The Cube Wodonga online or by phone on (02) 6022 9311 during box office hours.

Pop-up Yoga at Wodonga Library

How do you find your motivation? Do you exercise with a friend or a community group?

Research shows we are more likely to form good habits when exercising with others, which is why VicHealth’s TeamUp app connects users with local sporting teams, events and social groups.

To celebrate the local TeamUp campaign we are holding free pop-up yoga sessions at Wodonga Library.  Stretch out the stresses of a long work day with Korinne from Green Room Yoga and Wellness on Wednesday 20 May and 27 May from 5.15 to 6.15pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat. Limited yoga mats will be available.

Interested? Register your interest by emailing Shannon or phone (02) 6022 9256.

The TeamUp app is available freely for iOS and Android.

We’re sweet on That Sugar Film

A big thank you to everyone who attended our special screening of That Sugar Film on Tuesday, April 28.  It was a full house for both our schools screening and our community screening.

An amazing response for all those who attended and joined in the sugary discussion with our panel with Damon Gameou (director, actor in That Sugar Film), Sue O’Neil (executive manager of Albury Wodonga Health), Jane Martin (chair of the Obesity Policy Coalition), Jane Ford (dietitian, Albury Wodonga Health) and Sam McDade (local health champ).

The feedback was amazing. Here’s a very nice message that sums up the impact this Australian documentary is having on the local community from Wodonga Middle Years teacher Ms Wright (read more):

“I truly think that our students got so much out of the experience and I really hope that it might influence some of their decision making in the future!  Our teachers and some of our students have said that everyone should get the chance to watch the film, and our health teachers have already been discussing how we can incorporate the film into our current and future curriculum!”

Thanks Jess!

Supermarket tours teach us how to shop smart and eat better

Do you want to eat healthier but also reduce your grocery bill?

4Goodness Sake shopping tours led by local dietitian Katie Fern are designed to show you how to shop on a timeline, budget and more effectively provide you and your family with healthy, nutritious and cost effective meals.

If you’ve also dreamt of being in the Amazing Race, now is your chance in a supermarket style challenge!

4Goodness Sake Shopping Tours are supported by Healthy Together Wodonga’s Innovation Grant Program.

Two session will run every month.  Limited spots available, please contact Katie on 0413 690 223 or at

Local Food Future has global impact

Vertical farming, food developed in test-tubes, algae and more sustainable diets. Is this the future of food? This was one of many interesting topics discussed at the Building a Local Food Future Forum at The Cube Wodonga on Friday, May 1, a partnership between Healthy Together Wodonga and Northeast Landcare.

More than100 locals participated in looking ahead at how we can create a more sustainable food production with speakers including science writer Julian Cribb and Deakin professors Nick Rose and Mark Lawrence. Cribb provided shocking truths into our mass food consumption: one meal requires 10 kilograms of soil, 800 litres of water and 1.3 litres of fuel. 

The forum was also important for addressing food security issues, such as the 6.7 per cent of local residents who ran out food in 2014. The discussion recognised the importance of starting change in your own backyard and encouraging local policy to address global concerns.

Workplaces get active

It’s not always easy committing to 30 minutes of exercise per day. We’re tired after work, it’s getting dark early and it’s often hard to find the time.

Workplaces across Wodonga encouraged their employees to get moving and have fun for Premier’s Active April.

Wodonga Chamber of Commerce became gym buddies over the month while Upper Murray Family Care put on a mini-Olympics reminding us that the egg and spoon races are not only for those under eight.

Some of the Healthy Together Wodonga crew joined forces with the Wodonga Council team in an inflatable soccer match hosted by La Trobe University. Egos and skills were tested, but it was Yes Optus Albury who took home the win.

Thanks to all the workplaces who had a kick: Gateway Health, Yes Optus Albury, Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre, La Trobe University and Wodonga Council.

Webinars for schools in the Achievement Program

Teachers are invited to take part in a series of free webinars over the next month provided by the Healthy Eating Advisory.

The webinars aim to assist and support teachers with food literary, and is a great opportunity for Achievement Program schools to share and discuss ideas. To register simply click on the dates below.

Upcoming webinars include:

Free App of the Month: 7-Minute Workout

Reviewed by Sharon, finance officer.

The 7-Minute Workout app is great for me as I lead a busy life. I work full-time and have two teenagers but figured I could always find seven minutes a day to use this app.

The exercises are great. They get your heart rate up and surprisingly make you work hard. I feel great after each work out and love the "halfway there" prompts.

The fact that I can use it anywhere, anytime makes it perfect for my “time-poor” lifestyle. No need to change my clothes or find an appropriate space to exercise and I can use it alone or with others. My kids love it, too. It’s a fun, health promoting activity we can do together or on our own. We all have it on our phones and iPods now and look forward to our daily routine of working out together.

This app is extremely user friendly. You just chose the “begin workout” button and the photos show you how to do each exercise and the voice over lets you know when to start, finish and tells you when you are halfway.

It has an activity calendar that tracks how often you use the app. You can choose to randomly mix the order of the exercises or stick to the same routine. The app also gives you free upgrades after a certain number of workouts in a row. These upgrades cost money otherwise, so this encourages you to use it every day to reap the rewards.

7-Minute Workout is available for both iOS and Android.

Healthy happenings

Wednesday, May 20, 4pm to 4.30pm: Classroom ideas for healthy eating and food literacy.

Wednesday May 27: Meditation for children, Baranduda Community Centre, 4pm to 5pm, $2.

May 13 to June 10: Kylie’s cooking – for those who struggle with food bills, Felltimber Community Centre, 5pm to 7pm, free.

Tuesday, June 2, 4pm to 4.30pm: Reviewing your school canteen – what support can your school access.