Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

There are some great initiatives across Queensland already making healthy happen.  Whether it’s our very own programs, or great initiatives from other organisations, we’ve collated them here for your convenience. Enjoy.

Although water is the most heart-healthy drink, there are other drinks that you can enjoy in moderation. Discover them here.
The smartphone has become an integral part of waking life and, more recently, part of many people’s sleep routines. Here are the top apps you can download to help improve your sleep.
Sure, it’s cold but there are some great reasons to start training and achieving your health goals, no matter what season we’re in!
Orange and yellow fresh carrots with green stalks still attached
Do you ever wonder how to use the vegetable scraps and leftover parts you often throw out? ABC chat to chef, pickler and cookbook author Alex Elliott-Howery as she discusses how to use the parts vegetables we often bin. Discover some great ideas here!​
Two women exercising, jumping up onto a box
To get the facts straight, the Heart Foundation has shared five common myths about exercise and staying active.
A free and confidential one stop shop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to access support to improve their social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and help them to be able to safely care for and protect their children.
Bicycle Queensland’s team have shared their top favourite riding trips, training loops, trails and cycleways so you can plan your next ride with ease.
While new riders bask in their exciting, new activity, kicking off on their bike journey can be made even easier with the help of Bicyclette’s 5 beginner tips. Their cycling experts share how you can build your confidence as you start your riding journey.
Headspace has shared how you can support those young people in your life through their mental health journey.
Start off on the right foot when leaving home for the first time – see how you can make healthier food choices, save money and stay healthy as a young adult.
As heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, now’s the time to look at our heart health. Learn how you can lower your risk and live a healthy life.
No surprise here but exercise can help break any unhealthy habits you’ve formed to relieve stress. From overeating, excessive screen time, unhealthy eating – breaking it up with exercise can do more than stop those habits, it can help regulate your emotions.
Boost your activity with 10,000 Steps’ top 10 ways to stay active in Queensland. They’re popular ways that don’t feel like you’re doing a tough workout, but give you all the wellbeing benefits.
If you’ve got young kids, you’re most likely pushing them around in a pram regularly. Why not add on a run to boost your fitness; so you’re getting in exercise for yourself and some fresh air for your little one. Learn how to get started and to get your technique right.
Prioritising self-care is always paramount but especially when work is impacting your mental or physical wellbeing.
Paying attention to how much water you’re sipping may be the last thing on your mind when you are stuck at home isolating or recovering from COVID-19. But, now is the time to keep that water bottle within arm’s reach.
Person typing on keyboard
Whether you’re a work from home veteran or trying it for the first time, it’s likely you can do with some guidance in setting up your home workstation. 
Matt Golinski, HWQld Ambassador dishes up economical, quick, nutritious and delicious fried rice that’s a great way to use up what’s in the cupboard or fridge.
Living in a continuously unstable environment can feel overwhelming, more so as it goes on. You don’t have to continue feeling this way, there are ways to manage this ongoing stress.
Fresh isn’t the only thing that’s best – it’s time canned fruit and veggies be included in the saying too. Canned food is not only accessible, non-perishable and quick, they’re nutritious.
You can grow a range of veggies, fruit and herbs from popular kitchen scraps. But how can you start?
Find out the six ways how you can eat well for your overall mental health. It’s all about looking after your mind as well as you do your body by eating a range of wholesome foods, most of the time.
Get inspo from everyday women who have found ways to get and stay active without being judged. Check out their stories and how you can start your own journey!
Parents, guardians, aunts, uncles – all those who have kids in their lives – get listening to parenting experts from around the world who share practical, common sense solutions to the challenges of parenting.
Jogger jogs on a path along the river with Brisbane city in the foreground
There are a number of outdoor activities available in each community, just head to your local council’s website to find out how to get involved. We’ve got you started with Brisbane’s latest activities.
Forget about the over-the-top Christmas dinners from the movies that leave us with leftovers until the following year. Here are seven ways you can save money and still enjoy the special day.
The facts = 75% of our salt intake comes from packaged foods, so you may not realise how much salt you’re having each day. Learn how you can seek out the salt in your packaged foods.
As Australia starts to open up and as we learn to live in a new ‘normal’ world, knowing how can we support those around us who may find it difficult can help make the transition easier.
This health tid bit continues to create confusion when knowing how much to consume as part of your daily intake. Learn the breakdown to avoid any future questions.
Manage burnout the best way you can to feel fit for work and life. If you’re feeling burnt out, there’s a number of helpful strategies you can try to see what works best for you.
Before your little ones heads off to kindy for the first time, get yourself and your child ready by learning all about the adventure they’re in for!
Go with what you know your kids will like and take your recipe inspo from school tuckshops.
It’s the small steps that make the biggest difference. Find out the steps you need to take to put your mental health and wellbeing first.
Private and confidential, the iBobbly app helps young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over manage their social and emotional wellbeing.
Taking the time to create an active workplace can help boost work performance, improve cognition, mental flexibility and memory while reducing stress and anxiety – so why not start?
Why does knee pain happen? What you can do to help? All these and more are answered by experts from Monash University.
Before you hit the road running, get yourself up to speed with the most common mistakes new runners make and hear from a running coach on how to avoid them.
Habits that don’t mean waking up at 5am. These are going to positively impact your relationship with your child and are habits you can easily include in your daily life, not add more to it.
All you and your kids need to get your own garden stared! No matter what area you have to work with, Gardening Australia’s created a podcast to answer all your questions.
Over the last 18 months, it’s become harder to create and maintain a work-life balance with the increase of working from home. But there are actions you can take to stop the blurred lines between your personal and professional lives.
Follow Felix is a free online interactive game to encourage primary school children to try at least one form of physical activity a day. Currently in its pilot stage, take part during October 2021 to help shape the game before they launch nationally in January 2022.
Women who don’t speak English as their first language now have cervical screening resources in a number of languages that are easy to understand, accurate, inclusive, and culturally sensitive.
We all have things we love and wish to do again, and the COVID-19 vaccine is the way to get there. It’s the best way to protect yourself, your community and return to the things you love.
Not only for Sustainable September, sustainability can also be practiced each month to reduce, reuse, and recycle to keep ourselves and our planet thriving.
‘Shoulders back’ is ringing in our ears as we remind you to prioritise your posture. It’s more than sitting up straight so check out these home exercises to help you in the long term.
Exercise has been proven to be one of the most beneficial ways to boost your mental health, but most don’t do it for that reason. It’s time to change our focus to how exercise can help, rather than be a chore.
The age old saying of ‘eat with your eyes’ still applies when trying new vegetables and fruit. Give it a go and try adding in a new colour to each meal!
Are you waking up at the same time each night? This may be your body telling you something about your bedtime habits and yes, you can do something about it to keep catching the Z’s.
At first it may not seem like much but when you look at how much food’s thrown out over a week – it’s a lot. Here’s how you can reduce your overall waste in the home.
Food poisoning can still happen in your own home, so let’s see what you can do to avoid making yourself and others sick.
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