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Welcome to the SALSA Program Spring Newsletter! 

In this Issue:
  • SALSA Program Update:
    • SALSA Showcase
    • GWS Giants Partnership
    • Youth Health Forum
  • Special Milestones
  • Recent Events at High Schools
  • Snippet for High Schools to share
  • Feature Recipe

SALSA Program Update

SALSA (Students As LifeStyle Activists) is a partnership program with Western Sydney High Schools, Mt Druitt & Blacktown Medical Practitioners Associations, Western Sydney Primary Health Network, the University of Sydney, and Western Sydney Local Health District.
SALSA Animation - Short version
SALSA Animation
Check out our new SALSA animation which explains the program model in a simple and effective way!

SALSA Showcase Success!
 
Year 10 SALSA Peer Leaders from our partner high schools were treated to a standing ovation when they presented at the recent SALSA Showcase held at Rooty Hill High School.
  
The students performed to more than 70 people including principals, students from across western Sydney, and invited guests from our SALSA partner organisations.
 
Schools represented included Blakehurst High School, Chifley College Mt Druitt, Colyton High School, Erskine Park High School, Granville Boys High School, Kingswood High School, Model Farms High School, Pendle Hill High School, Rooty Hill High School, St Agnes Catholic High School, and St Clair High School.

Cricket legend and guest speaker on the day, Gavin Robertson, now Community Liason with the GWS Giants, shared his views on what makes a true leader.

Western Sydney Primary Health Network Chief Executive Officer, Walter Kmet, said "The event was exceptionally inspiring with students citing leadership skills, healthy eating behaviours, physical activity and self-confidence as benefits".
 
The day was a huge success and we thank all who were involved.
We hope to make this an annual event! 

Kym Rizzo Liu, Blakehurst High School PDHPE teacher, and students enjoying a healthy snack at The SALSA Showcase. Don't worry if you missed out, to see a video summary of the event just click HERE
High School students from Pendle Hill brought the house down during the showcase with a performance adapted from Hamlet:
SALSA Shakespeare Sonnet
by SALSA Peer Leaders, Pendle Hill High School 
TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT
THAT IS THE QUESTION
WHETHER TIS NOBLER TO
HAVE BREAKFAST IN THE MORNING
OR SUFFER THE HUNGER OF NOTHING

IS THIS A BIG MAC
I SEE BEFORE ME?
MY HUNGER STRIKES AGAIN
SHOULD I CLUTCH THEE?
I CAN SMELL THEE,
BUT I'LL HAVE IT NOT

OUT DAMNED CRAVINGS
OUT I SAY
1,2, I WILL HAVE A
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
FINE THEN, TIME TO EAT
HEALTHY

Stepping Into The Community

As part of our Stepping into the Community research project, we are proud to partner with the GWS Giants to run two Leadership Forum Days for SALSA Peer Leaders. At the Forum the students will take part in interactive training for goal setting, communication, teamwork, leadership, and advocacy.  Students will be encouraged to use skills and knowledge learned at the Forum and building from the SALSA program, to influence changes in their community environment that will support their healthy intentions . 
SALSA Research and Evaluation Officer, Bridget was joined by former Peer Leader from Rooty Hill High School, Brittany at the Westmead Youth Health Forum last month.  It was great to hear a youth voice at the event and Brittany gave great insights into her experience as a SALSA Peer Leader.  “That’s what is great about SALSA, it teaches you a positive lifestyle in a fun way and allows you to learn skills such as teamwork, communication, and leadership.”
SALSA Special Milestones...

                       
We congratulate: 

 

Erskine Park High School
Nepean CAPA High School
Plumpton High School
Rooty Hill High School

for running the SALSA Program in their
schools for 5 or more years!

SALSA School Events
Students As LifeStyle Activists is proud to be working in Sydney Local Health District. Concord High School was the first of three schools in the LHD to train Year 10 SALSA Peer Leaders! 
The SALSA Educators and Year 10 Peer Leaders at Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta were joined by the Western Sydney Local Health District CEO, Danny O'Connor, who shared some inspiring words with our future leaders.
Help spread the word
SALSA snippets are back in 2016 for schools to share with their school community. We would like to encourage high schools to share this snippet with parents, to help active kids do better!
Download Snippet Now

What's in season this Spring?    Cauliflower

 
Mark Twain, American author of " The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" described cauliflower as
‘cabbage with a college education’ !

Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C and contains plenty of dietary fibre and folate*.  Read more about it HERE

*Source: Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ingredientsprofiles/Cauliflower)
 

10 Minute Healthy Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 broccoli head, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

Method

  1. To make the cauliflower rice, grate cauliflower with a box grater, or pulse cauliflower with a food processor until it resembles rice, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and pepper; set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a medium skillet over low heat. Add eggs and cook until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side, flipping only once. Let cool before dicing into small pieces; set aside.
  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic and onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in broccoli, carrots, corn and peas, and cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Stir in cauliflower, eggs, and soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through and the cauliflower is tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.
This information was adapted from http://damndelicious.net/2016/03/30/10-minute-healthy-cauliflower-rice/
We would love to see you make our recipes!  Please share your creations by posting a photo on our Facebook page: Students As Lifestyle Activists and use the hashtag #studentsaslifestylesctivists
Pictured above clockwise from top left: Model Farms High School, Bethel Christian School, Kingswood High School, Pennant Hills High School. 

A special mention in thanks for the generous donations from the Mt Druitt Medical Practitioners Association and the Blacktown Medical Practitioners Association.  This ongoing support is invaluable and greatly contributes to the SALSA School Action Plan implementation at each school. 

Last but not least, a huge thank you to all our schools and partners for your valuable and ongoing contributions to the SALSA program!
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