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On Monday the 23rd of August, the Healthy Systems Network heard from Bendigo Community Health Services about the 5 ways to Wellbeing. We learnt how each sector can use the 5 ways to wellbeing framework and discussed how organisations can work together to implement to 5 ways across Greater Bendigo. 
What are the 5 ways to wellbeing?
The 5 ways to wellbeing are five simple but effective ways to improve your heath and wellbeing. Any individual or organisation that uses the 5 ways to wellbeing in daily life are shown to be happier and healthier.
The 5 ways are:

1. Connect: Connect with people around you; with family, friends, and neighbours. Think of these social connections as important in your life and spend time developing them. Building these relationships will support and strengthen you every day.  

2. Be Active: Being active and moving your body helps you stay fit and healthy, both mentally and physically. 

3. Give: Helping others can give you a sense of purpose and belonging. It can also assist in building friendships and making your community a better place. It’s as simple as do something kind for a friend or stranger, thanking someone, smiling or saying hello.

4. Take NoticeTaking notice and slowing down helps you feel calm and relaxed. It’s about learning to enjoy each moment and being aware of the ‘here and now’.

5. Keep Learning: Learning new things and challenging your mind will give you a sense of achievement. Learn something new regularly. Learning can be fun. It can give you a sense of achievement and build your confidence.

A systems approach
Every sector can use the 5 ways to wellbeing to create environments to promote wellbeing. Whether you work for a not-for-profit, local government or private organisation you too can make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

Through understanding the elements that impact wellbeing, we have the opportunity to work in collaboration to facilitate the development of environments that allow for the community to improve their health and wellbeing.

How can you use your work to promote the 5 ways to wellbeing?

The following video shows how Predator Free New Zealand 2050 have used these elements.
Next Foundation Predator Free New Zealand 2050
How much time do you have for the 5 ways?
Whether you have 1 minute, 1 hour or may even longer, there are always ways to implement the 5 ways to wellbeing into your life and organisations.

It takes 1 minute to message a friend and connect or to help someone with their bags. It takes one hour to participate in a gym class or join a club to learn something new.

Have even longer? has developed a time dependant list of activities to improve your wellbeing.
Check out this resource to see how you can change your actions and implement these 5 ways into your routine.
Time dependant wellbeing activities
How to use to 5 ways in todays environment
Now more than ever it is important to protect our wellbeing. Be creative and find alternative ways to connect, be active, learn, give and take notice. Connect with your colleagues online and see how they are going, go for a walk on your lunch break or read a book. 

For more creative ways to promote your wellbeing visit the 5 ways to Wellbeing website linked below. 

Creative ways to wellness
Learn about your own mental health
Improving your wellbeing in the workplace doesn't need to be complicated.

Research shows individuals with a higher level of wellbeing are more productive, have better work and social relationships and are physically healthier.

Take a break and use this free tool to check in on your wellbeing and learn tips and tricks to better manage your self care.
Wellbeing check in
Get involved in the 5 ways to wellbeing network
To find out more information and to get involved in the 5 ways to Wellbeing Network, contact Siobhan Sullivan at Bendigo Community Health Services using the link below.
More info!
Council Plans are open for feedback
The new Council Plan (Mir wimbul) 2021-2025 and Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 have been released for public comment. Please read, review and give feedback at the link below.

Provide your feedback by Monday September 6.

Draft Council Plan (Mir wimbul) 2021-2025
The Draft Council Plan, under a dual name acknowledging Dja Dja Wurrang language, states the priorities of the new council whilst building upon previously endorsed plans and strategies. This plan will guide the decision-making, projects and initiatives that will be implemented within the community over the next four years.

Draft Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025
The Public Health and Wellbeing Plan will guide the work on improving health and wellbeing of the City of Greater Bendigo. This plan will set out action areas and frameworks to guide the work that will be implemented within the community over the next four years.
Give your feedback here
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