A fruitful collaboration between South West Healthcare and a juice company is ensuring a local product is part of the success story of schools and workplaces aiming for the highest standards in health promotion.
Working with SWH’s Health Promotion and Food Services teams, Warrnambool’s Fresha has produced three new-size varieties of pure fruit juice to allow local school canteens and SWH staff canteens to meet prestigious Achievement Program government benchmarks.
To be recognised as a healthy school or workplace under the Achievement Program, statewide stringent benchmarks must be met. One of which is the need to stock a 250ml-size 100 percent fruit juice. When SWH health promotion officer Nikita Wheaton meet with Fresha general manager Brian Stevens in December 2015, his company was producing juice that met Achievement Program nutritional requirements but the serving size was 50mls too large. Rising to the challenge, and buoyed by the support of schools around the region (in particular, Achievement Program star performers Derrinallum P12 and Camperdown College), he and his company worked with our SWH Food Services and our SWH Dietetics Unit during 2016 to develop the new-size product.
Fifteen months later, following significant investment in the sourcing, securing and labelling of the smaller bottle, Fresha released its new-size 250ml orange, apple and apple/blackcurrant fruit juices. Proudly, for all involved, each ticks the Achievement Program boxes.
‘The key message here is the importance of partnering with local businesses to create positive change,’ says Nikita. ‘Without the willingness of Brian and the team at Fresha we would not have been able to supply a local product in school canteens. This partnership shows true community collaboration.’
Based on the World Health Organisation’s model for health-promoting schools, the Achievement Program is viewed globally as the best practice approach for enhancing health, wellbeing, learning and development outcomes. It involves integrating health in planning and policies, creating a healthy culture and environment, and involving the whole school in the process. Forging partnerships with the local community is also important. Through the Achievement Program, health and wellbeing becomes embedded in a school’s culture to become a part of everyday school and work life.
Image (courtesy of The Standard & photographer Anthony Brady): dietitian Jane Hurley (from left), Café Nosh’s Nicole Maroniti, health promotion officer Nikita Wheaton and Fresha’s Brian Stevens.