Healthy Lifestyles

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is committed to the protecting, promoting and enhancing the health and wellbeing of its people. 

The Shires Health and Wellbeing Strategy identifies emerging health risks such as obesity and has identified programs to ensure the whole community has access to healthier foods, and the built environment is designed to promote active living. 

Together with traditional health protection programs, broader preventative health measures and an increased focus on health impact assessments to support planning decisions, the aim of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy is to enable the community to lead healthy, active and connected lives.

Please download the:

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2024

SJ Local Food Action Plan 2021-2024

Get Active Outdoors Guide

Reducing Kitchen Waste - Presentation Slides - by Waste Is My Resource

Edible Gardens for Small Places on the Cheap – Presentation Slides – by Waste Is My Resource

Handout from Great Soil, Great Food - workshop by EarthWhile Australia – 15 August 2022

Healthy Eating 

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Your usual diet influences your health! 

The Australian Dietary Guidelines give advice on eating for health and wellbeing. Based on the latest scientific evidence, they describe the best approach to eating for a long and healthy life. 

The guidelines have information about the types and amounts of foods, food groups and dietary patterns that aim to: 

  • promote health and wellbeing;
  • reduce the risk of diet-related conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity; and
  • reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancers.

There are five principal recommendations featured in the Australian dietary guidelines. Each guideline is equally important in terms of public health outcomes: 

  1.   To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs 
  2.   Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from these five groups every day: 
    1.   Vegetables  
    2.   Fruit 
    3.   Grain foods 
    4.   Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans  
    5.   Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives  
  3.   Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol 
  4.   Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding 
  5.   Care for your food; prepare and store it safely 

For a food selection guide which visually represents the proportion of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day, view the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. 

Recipes based on these recommendations can be found here 

For more advice of healthy eating, recipes, cooking and more, check out the following links: 



Check out the below videos for expert advice on ways you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Autumn Cooking Demo - May 2022

Recipe download: Apple and Rhubarb Crisp

Recipe download: Rattatouille

Using soil microbes to grow great food – Zoom presentation by EarthWhile Australia – 2 March 2022

Reducing Kitchen Waste, Throw Away Less – Zoom presentation by Waste Is My Resource – 29 March 2022

Great food from healthy soils (Part I) – online workshop by EarthWhile Australia – 10 May 2022

Great food from healthy soils (Part II) – online workshop by EarthWhile Australia – 12 May 2022