The key to healthy eating is to eat a variety of foods. This will help you achieve a well-balanced diet and good nutrition and help prevent disease.
Healthy Snack Catering Guide
The Healthy Snack Catering Guide has been developed by Healthy Together Geelong to assist workplaces, schools, early childhood services, associations and groups to make healthier choices when organising catering for meetings where only snacks are required.
This guide provides healthy and cost-effective options for meetings. All products displayed within this handbook are to be used as a guide only and there are many other options which will also meet the guidelines.
Geelong Healthy Catering Guide
The Geelong Healthy Catering Guide makes it easier for workplaces to choose healthy catering for their meetings and functions. This is an important opportunity to support healthy eating and improve health and wellbeing across the Geelong community.
Caterers had their menu items assessed and modified where necessary to provide a healthy choice menu, including all items from the 'green' and 'amber' category of the Healthy Choice guidelines.
Please note: two caterers in the Guide have now closed: Dish Catering and The Cocoa Tree Cafe.
Hosting a Healthy BBQ
Barbecues are a great way for people to get together and socialise, particularly during the warmer months. However, barbecue foods can often be high in saturated fat and salt, and not offer enough salad and vegetables.
Try some of these tips to cook up some barbecue favourites, while promoting healthy eating. Hosting a Healthy Barbecue will assist you to plan the finer details of your event.
Local Food Loop
Use the Local Food Loop app to find, add and share your favourite local food growers, makers and sellers in the Geelong region. This App helps connect consumers and local producers in the Geelong region to support our growing local food community.
Breastfeeding friendly venues
There are a number of registered venues across Greater Geelong that are 'Breastfeeding friendly venues' and provide a friendly, supportive environment, including restaurants, cafes, leisure centres and shopping centres.
Lara Pool Healthy Canteen
The Lara Pool kiosk was the first recreation centre kiosk in the Geelong region and one of the first in Victoria to provide only healthier food and drink choices.
The kiosk menu has been designed to fit with the Healthy Choice Guidelines and the Traffic Light Food system and includes food and drink from the green and amber categories only.
Splashdown, Leisuretime and the Arena have also recently started offering healthier food options.
Come on Geelong, let's get healthy together!
Healthy Together Geelong is working closely with Geelong Cats to encourage Geelong residents to eat healthy and be more active. Look at the these healthy tips from our Health Champion Joel Selwood at the game!
Community gardens are places where people come together to grow food. The benefits of involvement in community gardens include improved health and well-being, environmental sustainability, food security, social inclusion, education and training, economic development, cultural vitality and community resilience.
Geelong community kitchens
A Community Kitchen is a group of people who come together on a regular basis to cook, socialise and enjoy good food. Each group decides how their kitchen will run, how often they will meet and what food they will prepare. Community Kitchens can run anywhere there is an existing kitchen facility. This includes:
Schools - Neighbourhood houses - Community health services - Churches - Service clubs - Private businesses
Markets and food swaps
You can find fruit and vegetables on sale at our regional markets.
Why not visit food swap locations to swap excess homegrown produce and gardening extras?!
Australian Dietary Guidelines
View the recommendations to achieve and maintain a healthy weight online now.
Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods everyday and drink plenty of water.
LiveLighter is a new public health program taking you inside your own body. Learn about toxic fat, then use interactive tools to assess your health risk.
Follow it up by making the most of our resources, delicious recipes and expert tips. Visit the LiveLighter website to get started today.
Check out the new sugary drinks calculator.
Jamie's Ministry of Food Kitchen in Geelong
A Jamie’s Ministry of Food Centre is a place where everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or background, can learn basic cookery skills in a friendly, supportive and fun environment. Participants learn through practical hands-on cooking classes that demonstrate how easy and cheap it can be to make simple and nutritious meals from scratch.
The course comprises of one 90 minute cooking class per week for 7 weeks. Each class has up to 15 participants and are completely hands on so you get to see, smell, feel and taste everything that you cook. With loads of hints, tips and shortcuts, from learning important knife skills, to reading food labels.
Each class costs $10 (concession), $15 (student) or $20 (full fee) and includes all ingredients and recipes. To book go to Jamie's Ministry of Food Geelong website.
Healthy eating links