Munch & Move is a NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time. ​

Health Events


Water DropA range of 'health weeks/days' are run throughout the year by a variety of organisations. These events link to the key Munch & Move messages.

To support services to run activities linked to these special days/weeks, we have a range of associated resources.

 

March ​

Harmony Day - 15th-21st March

Harmony Day Harmony Week is celebrated in Australia on between 15th - 21st March each year and is a week where all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity. This day focuses on community participation, inclusiveness and respect.

Harmony Week is a great opportunity to enhance your existing program which incorporates multiculturalism by organising some additional activities at your service that celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity whilst also encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

Resources:
Harmony Week - Information & Activities for Services
Harmony Week - Information for Families

More Information:
www.harmony.gov.au

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April​

Easter Eater Bunny & Carrot

The Munch & Move team have come up with some ideas on how to celebrate Easter and still make sure children are getting their daily serve of fruits and vegetables.

Easter - Activities for Services
Easter - Information for Families

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May​

Heart Week

The Heart Foundation's National Heart Week is the first full week of May.

There is no better time to start talking about heart health than when our children are young.

Giving children healthy messages from a young age increases the chance of children adopting healthy behaviours and carrying these throughout their life. This is particularly important when they start making their own choices about food and activity.

Resources:
Heart Week Activity Ideas
Heart Week Parent Information
                    

More Information:
www.heartfoundation.org.au

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Walk Safely to School Day

Walk Safely to School Logo Walk Safely 2 School Day is in May. The annual event encourages children to walk safely to School.

Why not encourage your parents to walk their child to your service on Walk to School Day?

Resources:
Walk Safely to School Day - Activities
Walk Safely to School Day - Parent Information

More Information:
www.walk.com.au

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August​

Dental Health Week

Healthy Bones WeekDental Health Week (in August) links closely to three Munch & Move key messages, including:

  • ‘Eat more fruit and vegetables’
  • ’Choose healthier snacks’
  • ‘Choose water as a drink.’

Promoting the importance of these key messages to children from an early age will help reduce the risk of poor dental health or dental decay in the long term.

Resources:
Dental Health Week - For Services
Dental Health Weeks - For Families

More Information:
www.dentalhealthweek.com.au

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Healthy Bones Week

Healthy Bones WeekHealthy Bones Week (in August) raises awareness of the important role calcium-rich foods, such as dairy, have in the development and maintenance of healthy bones and the prevention of osteoporosis later in life.

This is a good time to review your nutrition policy, menus and the amount and type of dairy you serve, as well as promote healthy bones to families.

Resources:
Healthy Bones Week - For Services
Healthy Bones Week - For Families

More Information:
www.healthybones.com.au

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World Breastfeeding Week​

World Breastfeeding Week (first week of August) is a great time to consider the important role Early Childhood Education and Care Services play in encouraging and supporting mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding when their babies start child care.

During this week, consider how you can support breastfeeding mothers at your service.

Resources:
World Breastfeeding Week - For Services
World Breastfeeding Week - For Families

More Information:
www.breastfeeding.asn.au

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August/September​

Fruit & Veg Month

Fruit & Veg Month (August/September) is an opportunity to promote fruits and vegetables within your service, through learning experiences, communication with families, and other games and activities.

Resources:
Fruit & Veg Month for Services
Fruit & Veg Month for Families

More Information:
www.healthy-kids.com.au

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Walk Safely to School Day

Walk Safely to School Logo Walk Safely 2 School Day is in September. The annual event encourages children to walk safely to School.

Why not encourage your parents to walk their child to your service on Walk to School Day?

Resources:
Walk Safely to School Day - Activities
Walk Safely to School Day - Parent Information

More Information:
www.walk.com.au

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October​

National Nude Food Day

Nude Food Day (any day in November) links closely to the Munch & Move key messages, ‘Eat more fruit and vegetables’ and ’Choose healthier snacks’.

If waste and packaged food is a problem in your service this could be the perfect time to introduce a regular Nude Food Day.

Resources:
Nude Food Day for Services
Nude Food Day for Families

More Information:
www.nudefoodday.com.au 

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National Water Week

National Water Week happens in mid October and is here to remind us that good quality water is essential for life!

This initiative is designed to help everyone understand and take action to protect and conserve our water resources and habitats.

Resources:
National Water Week - For Services
National Water Week - For Families 

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