Welcome to the July 2018 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 and upcoming events including:
- New FREE meditation class
- Mountain bike trails
- Second Eco Gym program
- CHANGE survey results
- New Combined Newsletter from Spring 2018
- Other community initiatives
- Recipe of the Month – Salmon with Wilted Greens
New FREE Meditation Class
Come along and enjoy a FREE meditation beginner class (Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation) each week at the Toowoomba City Library:
- Tuesdays 10am to 11.30am
- Toowoomba City Library (level 3)
Get on your bike and head to a mountain bike trail! Did you know there are many trails available across the Toowoomba Region, especially in Jubilee Park? Trails are available to cater for all, from beginners through to advanced riders.
Following on from the first trial of the first Eco Gym program, Eco Gym ‘mark 2’ starts on Wednesday 18 July and will run until 26 September.
The 9 week program aims to:
- make you feel fitter, stronger and healthier through fun and outdoor physical activities;
- boost your self-esteem and confidence by learning new skills;
- feel less stressed and more resilient by spending time outside in green spaces; and
- feel more connected to your community and others by volunteering to make a difference.
Limited spaces are available, so hurry to reserve your place!
For more info or to join Eco Gym click here
(Click on 'Eco Gym program')
CHANGE Project Survey 2018 Results
Thank you to everyone who completed The CHANGE Project 2018 community survey. We received a total of 230 responses, each sharing their ideas and aspirations for the future of The CHANGE Project. Key findings include:
The CHANGE Project reduced key barriers people face in leading an active and healthy lifestyle. Participants gained access to:
- Beginner friendly activities with welcoming environments (90%)
- Affordable activities (90%)
- Activities close to home (81%)
The CHANGE Project is delivering the activities that people want to participate in most:
- Walking (Heart Foundation Walking)
- Exercise / Fitness Classes (Energise, bootcamps, mum & bub classes, seniors fitness and many others)
- Activities in Parks (Walking and running groups, bootcamps and a range of other fitness classes)
- Activities in Gyms (Energise classes delivered via partnership with local gyms (eg, Willows Health & Lifestyle Centre))
- Nature-Based Activities (Trialed new trail yoga, bushwalks, canoeing / kayaking, ropes courses, mountain biking, mindful walking, and other outdoor recreation activities over the past year)
The top two activities people would like to do more of were yoga / pilates and low-cost, pay as you go fun and social sporting sessions. Over the next year we’ll aim to find new partners to deliver these activities across the region.
Some of the top facilities / programs people said were most important in supporting healthy living, and how Council / CHANGE Project supports these initiatives are:
- Free / low-cost programs - The CHANGE Project delivers a range of free and low-cost healthy living programs across the region every week
- Natural areas / bushland - Council manages 92 bushland parks totaling 8,209 hectares across the Toowoomba Region for everyone to enjoy
- Free / low-cost facilities - Council has installed 11 free outdoor gyms in parks across the region, some with QR codes linked to workout videos.
- Tree-lined streets and pathways - Council has adopted a Street Tree Masterplan to identify, retain, and add to our tree lined streets. Council recently became a signatory to the International Charter for Walking which outlines eight key principles to facilitate a more pleasant walking environment in Toowoomba Region. Footpath plans are being developed for regional townships, and more work is planned over the next few years to provide more trees and pathways to create more walkable environments.
- Parks and green spaces - From your local pocket park to Queens Park, Council manages over 570 parks across the region for everyone to enjoy.
The CHANGE Project continues to be successful in helping people improve health behaviours:
- 91% increased physical activity levels
- 90% improved mental wellbeing
- 72% improved healthy eating habits
We received a lot of positive feedback from folks who completed our survey. Some great examples are:
“This is a great community project that gets families, couples, singles and everybody in between involved in active living. I wish I had of been aware of programs like this years ago, as I could have been living a more active lifestyle. Active living is so important for everybody to be involved in. Most importantly providing environments that are positive and fun” Kiara, Glenvale
“The CHANGE Project is the BEST innovative healthy and active program I have every participated in. We went to the kayaking at Yandilla last weekend and it was fantastic. My friend and I got our 2 teenage boys off their computers / devices for a whole day and it was really great. The kinds loved it and were motivated, responsive and fully participated. It was good for building our family relationships, bonding and confidence. Really great family atmosphere, safety conscious and suitable for all abilities. We would never be able to afford that activity under normal circumstances” Elizabeth, Harristown
New Combined Newsletter from Spring 2018
Watch this space for a combined newsletter from Spring 2018! The CHANGE Project newsletter will be joining forces with the Sport & Rec Gazette, bringing you even more news, updates and opportunities for leading and active and healthy lifestyle.
Other Community Initiatives
National Tree Day 2018
Come along. Be inspired. Plant a tree and help grow a forest!
Toowoomba Regional Council is hosting National Tree Day 2018 at Thiess Park, 76 Luck Street, Toowoomba, on Sunday 29 July from 8.30am-11.30am.
National Tree Day is an annual event organised by Planet Ark in partnership with Toyota Australia.
For more information on National Tree Day 2018 celebrations in Toowoomba, click here or to RSVP, call Callum Edwards on 131 872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE First Five Forever Music and Movement
Where Peacehaven Park, Kuhls Road, Highfields
To find out more about First Five Forever click here
When Thursdays 19 July- 20 September, 9.30am
Where Laurel Bank Park (greenspace near playground), Herries Street, Toowoomba
When Fridays 20 July, 3 August, 17 August, 31 August & 14 September, 9.30am
Where Queens Park, Lindsay Street, near Arthur Street, Toowoomba
When Friday 27 July, 9.30am
Where Newtown Park (near playground), Holberton Street, Toowoomba
When Friday 10 July, 9.30am
Where Wilsonton Heights Park, cnr Wine Drive & Tor Street, Toowoomba
When Friday 24 August, 9.30am
Where West Creek, Lemway Avenue, Toowoomba
When Friday 7 September, 9.30am
Where Picnic Point Park, Tourist Road, Toowoomba
When Friday 21 September, 9.30am
For the local activity schedule click here
Recipe of the Month - Salmon and Wilted Greens
4 servings 6 serves of veg 10m preparation 10m cooking
- 4 pieces of fresh salmon, skin off
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper
- 6 cups of mixed greens e.g. Chinese cabbage, Wombok, Bok Choy, Chinese Broccoli, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, diced
- 4cm piece ginger, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon salt-reduced soy sauce
- 3 cups brown or white rice, cooked
- 1 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped
- Preheat BBQ or grill on medium high heat. Brush both sides of the salmon with the olive oil. Season with freshly ground pepper.
- Cook salmon for 3-4 minutes each side until just cooked through.
- Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large non-stick frypan or wok on high heat.
- Add half the bok choy and cook for 1-2 minutes, until tender. Transfer to a bowl, add the ginger and remaining bok choy, tossing for 1-2 minutes until tender.
- Return all bok choy to the wok with the oyster and soy sauce, toss to coat.
- Serve the salmon with the bok choy on hot rice, sprinkle with coriander leaves.