Promoting health and wellness in today's youth
Oct 1, 2018

Mindfulness, health, exercise and confidence were the integral themes for recent school holiday activities at Melbourne's Eastland, and Noosa Civic Shopping Centre in Queensland.

In 2018, both delivered a host of workshops that aimed to improve the wellbeing, both physically and mentally of kids throughout the community, while also providing a fun day out.

As an added bonus, both events donated all proceeds to local charities raising a combined total of $8,000.  

Haven at Noosa Civic

During the Easter school holidays, Noosa Civic delivered a range of workshops aimed a 'tween' girls, aged nine to 12.

In the age of social media, Teen Mentor Amanda Rootsey, designed the workshops to build confidence and enhance the wellbeing of girls who are at an age where they are particularly vulnerable and unsure of themselves.

These sessions focused on developing inner-strength and positive self-esteem, and provided insight into building beautiful friendships. Kids yoga and mediation classes as well as workshops making healthy 'bliss ball' snacks and DIY natural skincare masks were also available.

These sessions requested a donation towards the Waves of Wellness Foundation, a mental health surf therapy charity committed to changing lives by delivering innovative programs for people experiencing mental health challenges.

Happy Campers at Eastland

During the January school holidays, Eastland created a unique space called, 'Happy Campers', a wellness hub designed for children. More than 2,300 children took up the opportunity to explore their creativity, enjoy a fun workout, and all the while being encouraged to lead a healthy life.

Eastland General Manager Greg Balmforth said the Centre wanted to offer activities which would help kids feel good inside and out.

"Participating in something different arms kids with new skills, and opens their minds to new possibilities and creative outlets for them to explore," Mr Balmforth said.

Leading Youth Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Greg was supportive of the initiative.

"The wellbeing of young people is at an all-time low so it is good to see Eastland getting this right," Mr Carr-Greg said.

At $5 per class, Eastland was also able to raise almost $7,000 for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Classes included rise and shine yoga, circus classes, silent discos, boot camps, and the very popular healthy bites cooking classes for families.

ESG 2018