The CHANGE Project Newsletter
Be Active, Eat Well, Live Well
Welcome to the August 2016 edition of The CHANGE Project newsletter! In this edition you'll find information about a range of free and low-cost healthy living services across the Toowoomba region, including: 
  • Healthy Living Hero:  Getting back to Nature
  • Hurry and have your say to win a Fitbit!
  • NEW Seed to Feed - Crows Nest & Toowoomba
  • FREE 10 Class Passes up for grabs!
  • Fast walking? Challenge accepted!
  • NEW Activities - Kids Fitness & Come and Try Meditation
  • NEW Family Foodies
  • Annual Heart Foundation Photo Competition
  • Other Community Initiatives
  • Recipe of the Month

Healthy Living Hero:  Getting back to Nature

We've known for a long time that green spaces are good for your mental, physical and social health.  Hiking through bushland, working in the community garden or walking through a park are great ways to clear the mind, increase physical activity and connect with others. 

So green is good for you.  Great!  But how many trees do you need to hug for health benefits?  And how often?  Recent Australian research in nearby Brisbane has found an answer, suggesting that visiting a park for 30 minutes or more each week can reduce risk of developing high blood pressure and poor mental health.  And more frequent visits can increase physical activity levels and help build more positive social relationships.

With green spaces making such major contributions to our health and well-being, a dose of nature could be just what the doctor ordered.  Make plans with friends and family this weekend to get back in touch with nature by going on a hike, checking out the community garden in Toowoomba or Pittsworth, or visiting a local park.

 Hurry and have your say to win a Fitbit!
Have you had your say on The CHANGE Project yet?  There's still time to share how the Project can help change your food, exercise and life in the future.

Everyone who completes our survey by 31 August 2016 can go into the draw to WIN a Fitbit Flex valued at $129.95!  To complete the survey:
  1. Click on the link below
  2. Register on the 'Your Say' website (registering provides you the opportunity to have your say on a range of Council projects and activities - you can deregister at anytime)
  3. Complete the survey 
Survey Link:

Hard copy surveys can be picked up at Council's customer service centres across the region.  There is no requirement to register when completing a hard copy survey, and you can still go in the draw to win the Fitbit Flex. 
NEW Seed to Feed Workshops - Toowoomba & Crows Nest
The popular Seed to Feed program is back with a new twist.  This year is all about learning to grow fruit and veg from what you may already have, or from what neighbours might share with you!  Workshops cover seed-saving, DIY propagation, creating your own mini-greenhouse and fertilisers. 

Upcoming workshops:
  • Crows Nest:  Saturday 20 August, 9am to 12pm, Community Centre (William St)
  • Toowoomba:  Saturday 27 August, 9am to 12pm, Community Garden (22A Goggs St)
Everyone who attends a Seed to Feed workshop during 2016-17 goes into the draw to win a veggie patch boost by Brian Sams!

Workshops cost $5 and bookings are required. 

To book or find out more about Seed to Feed workshops click here (click on grow your own food workshops)

FREE 10 Class Passes up for grabs!

Good news!  By having subscribed to this newsletter you're in the running to win a FREE 10 Class Pass to a CHANGE Project activity of your choice.   

Each month a new winner will be drawn, so tell your friends and family to subscribe by emailing now for their chance to win. 
Fast walking? Challenge accepted!

Do your joggers often resemble these?  Or maybe your dog has trouble keeping up with you.  If this sounds familiar you might be a fast walker.  And if you're looking for other speedy steppers to walk with, this one's for you! 

We're looking for people who may be interested in joining a new fast walkers group for 90 minutes twice a week, walking from USQ to the CBD, and then back again along Kitchener St using the outdoor gym along the way.

If you're up for the challenge, register your interest now by emailing
NEW Activities - Kids Fitness & Come and Try Meditation
Check out these new activities to help residents lead active and healthy lifestyle:
  • $5 Kids Fitness - Mon 3:30pm, Ministry of Movement, 16 Evans St, Pittsworth
  • FREE Come and Try Meditation - Sun 28 August, 10am to 12pm, Toowoomba City Library (Level 3)
Click here for more information about these activities
NEW Family Foodies

Come along to the first FREE Family Foodies workshop by a nutritionist to learn about healthy eating and developing cooking skills together with your family:
  • Toowoomba:  Thursday 29 September, 9:30am to 10:30am, Toowoomba City Library (Level 3)
These fun and interactive workshops focus on learning about energy needs, food choices, establishing healthy habits and making fruit kebabs together. 

Everyone who attends receives a free healthy eating booklet and can join the Family Foodies online community to connect with others and access fortnightly live chats with a nutritionist. 

To book or find out more about Family Foodies click here (click on healthy cooking workshops)
Heart Foundation Annual Photo Competition

Attention Heart Foundation Walking Groups and Walkers - the Heart Foundation is seeking 13 fabulous photos which reflect the fun, friendship and adventures of your Heart Foundation Walking group.

The winning 13 photos will appear in the 2017 Heart Foundation Walking Pocket Planner/Calendar, and each winning photographer will receive a Fitbit Zip valued at $79!

Submit your entries by 11 September 2016 for your chance to win. 

For competition details and how to enter click here
Other Community Initiatives

Youth Connect Skateboarding Workshops & Competitions

Get together with friends and join a skateboarding workshop!  Workshops are being held across the region for young people of all skill levels.  Workshops will finish with a mini comp encouraging participants to show off their skills. 

The next workshop will be held this Sunday 14 August at the new and improved Toowoomba Chalk Drive Skate Park.  Another workshop will be held on 21 August, with the Mayoral Skate Comp on 27 August. 

For more information call 131 872 or visit Facebook/YouthConnectTRC.

The iconic Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival is an annual celebration of the diversity in our community and a showcase of talents and colour from across the world.  

This year's 11th anniversary festival is on this Sunday, August 14 from 10am to 4pm in Toowoomba's Queens Park.  Enjoy a fun day for all the family with international food stalls, health expo, performances from around the globe, rides, displays and much more.

For more information about the Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival click here
Annual Seniors Information Expo

Come along for a fun and informative day on Wednesday 17 August, 8am to 2pm at the Humeridge Church (461 Hume St, Toowoomba) for the 7th annual Seniors Information Expo. 

Expect to see all things connected with seniors, including local clubs, interest groups, and The CHANGE Project! 

For more information abut the Seniors Information Expo click here
PEACH Online

What to get your kids active and eating well?  The FREE PEACH Online program (available until 30 December 2016) can help, offering families information, tools and support needed to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Click here for more information about PEACH Online

Recipe of the Month - Happy Face Tomato Soup 


  • Olive oil spray
  • 400g can diced tomatoes (low salt)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 carrot
  • Juice from one orange (1/3 cup)
  • 4 slices of multigrain/wholemeal bread cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups of salt-reduced vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons of either low fat natural yoghurt or low fat sour cream


1. First make the croutons.  Line a baking tray with baking paper (or grease tray slightly if you don't have baking paper).  Put the bread cubes on the tray and spray with olive oil spray (if you don't have any spray toss bread cubes in a small amount of olive oil in a bowl).  Place in a hot oven (200 degrees) and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the croutons (bread cubes) are hard and crunchy.

2. Spray a medium size saucepan with oil and add onion.  Cook on a medium heat until the onions are soft.  Add garlic, tomatoes, stock and carrot and bring to the boil.  Cover the saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Add orange juice.

3. Blend the soup until smooth and pour into four soup bowls. 

4. Use the sour cream or yoghurt to make a happy face on the soup (use a piping bag or if you don't have one use a snap-lock bag with a corner cut off).

5. Place the croutons at the top of your dish to create hair.

Recipe courtesy of our very own Family Foodies program!  For more healthy recipes click here to register for an upcoming Family Foodies workshop (click on healthy cooking workshops)

To find out more about any CHANGE Project activities contact Council on 131 872 or or email
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