Welcome to the SALSA Program Winter Newsletter! 

In this Issue:
  • SALSA Program Update
  • Case Study - Blacktown Girls HS
  • New High Schools 2016
  • Recent Events at High Schools
  • Snippet for High Schools to share
  • Feature Recipe

SALSA Program Update

SALSA University Educators
91 University students have been trained as SALSA Educators this year from the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, University of New South Wales and University of Notre Dame. 
SALSA Department of Health Evaluation
Over the past two years, 23 local high schools took part in the SALSA evaluation to investigate the changes in students behaviours and intentions to eat well and be active. This research was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and allowed the impact the SALSA program to be extensively investigated. The students data showed positive changes in fruit and vegetable eating behaviour and sugary drink consumption as well as intentions for increasing physical activity and reducing screen time. The results can be seen in our Summary Report for 2014-2015.
We would not have been able to do this research without the great leadership shown by our SALSA Champions, SALSA co-ordinators and support from the Principals at  each school - BIG THANKS!
Funding from Doctors
All high schools from 2014 and 2015 were awarded with $200 from the Mt Druitt Medical Association and Blacktown Medical Associations. The General Practitioners and the SALSA Team are looking forward to hearing how each school uses this funding to support students as lifestyle activitsts.
SALSA Peer Leaders working on an empowerment activity with University Educators during the training workshop at Mitchell High School
SALSA (Students As LifeStyle Activists) is a partnership program with Mt Druitt & Blacktown Medical Practitioners Associations, Western Sydney High Schools, the University of Sydney, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Western Sydney Primary Health Network.
New Staff
Since January the SALSA team has welcomed 3 new full time staff members including Research and Evaluation Officer Bridget Foley, Administration Officer Inara Molinari and Project Officer Kyle Schofield.  The new teams members are enthusiastic about building the capacity of the SALSA Program and expanding on the great work that has been done in past years. 
New SALSA Team on International Women's Day
Beyond Western Sydney
This year we are expanding the SALSA program and reaching into new NSW Local Health Districts. The lucky areas include South West Sydney, Sydney, Central Coast and Hunter New England.

SALSA Case Study: Blacktown Girls High School

In 2015 the SALSA Peer Leaders wanted to extend their learning from the SALSA program to increase the schools awareness of healthy eating.  They chose to focus on ensuring healthy food was available through the school canteen. The girls conducted a survey regarding the foods from the canteen and indicated areas of improvement to help encourage and increase awareness of healthy eating and provide advantages to the school canteen. From this they arranged a meeting with the canteen manager to discuss ways in which they can work together to promote and increase the awareness of healthy eating.  It is so great to see SALSA Peer Leaders advocating for healthy changes to their environment - great work girls!
"The SALSA program provides the opportunity for students to identify leadership skills and qualities whilst promoting the importance of physical activity and nutrition." Head Teacher, PDHPE Blacktown Girls High School
New SALSA Schools 2016
This year we are proud to welcome the following new schools to the SALSA Program partnership group:
Chifley College Shalvey
Condell Park High School
Fairfield High School
Model Farms High School
St Johns Park High School
Toronto High School
SALSA School Events
SALSA Peer Leaders at Rooty Hill High School ran a stall on Harmony Day where they showcased various healthy lifestyle displays and interactive games. The stall was popular on the day with a number of students taking part  in attendees participating.
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 the parents, to help active kids do better!
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What's in season this winter?

Buying vegetables and fruit in season are not only more nutritious, they taste better and are in fact cheaper! 

Pumpkin is a nutrient rich autumn/winter vegetable. It is rich in vitamins A and E, which promote good vision and boost your immune system.  Pumpkin is also high in fibre and low in calories.  Fibre keeps you feeling fuller longer and keep craving for less health foods at bay.

Butternut Pumpkin Frittata



  • Olive or canola oil spray
  • 600 g pumpkin, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 green zucchini, coarsely chopped
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 95 g reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • small green salad, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced).
  2. Spray a 12-hole, ½-cup capacity muffin pan with oil.  Spray a non-stick frying pan with oil and place on medium heat.
  3. Add pumpkin to frying pan, spray with oil and stir to coat.  Add ½ cup water, cover pan and steam for 10 minutes until just tender.  
  4. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until tender.
  5. In a medium sized jug, whisk together eggs and milk; season with black pepper. 
  6. Remove pumpkin mixture from heat and stir through feta and basil. 
  7. Place muffin pan on a flat baking tray then spoon pumpkin mixture evenly into 12 holes.  Carefully pour over egg mixture to almost fill muffin holes.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until firm and golden. 
  8. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning on a wire rack. 
  9. Serve warm or cold with a green salad.
This information was adapted from Live Lighter, Recipes:
A huge thank you to all our schools, SALSA Peer Leaders, Educators, Advisory Committee members, the Blacktown and Mt Druitt General Practice Associations, Western Sydney Primary Health Network, The University of Sydney and WSLHD for your valuable and ongoing contributions to the SALSA program.
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