About Healthy Families Monash

Welcome to the Healthy Families in Monash Website.

It’s important for children to learn good eating habits at an early age as these behaviours can shape their health and lifestyle later on in life. The Healthy Families in Monash website offers parents a comprehensive guide to healthy eating and being active.

The Greater Monash GP Network (GMGPN) was funded by the Department of Health and Ageing to conduct a pilot project titled Healthy Families in Monash. The project was funded by a Healthy Active Australia Community and Schools Grant.

The objective of the project was to assist parents to provide a healthy and active lifestyle for their children. An integral part of the project is a website which is available to all parents of primary school aged children in the City of Monash.

Parents of five local schools were invited to attend free workshops, providing practical and reliable information facilitated by local dietitians from Monashlink Community Health Service.

We hope that this website will provide your family with helpful resources, recipes, tips and ideas about healthy eating and being active.  Feel free to contact us with comments or questions.

We would like to acknowledge the support and assistance of numerous organisations and individuals in helping this project. Please visit our acknowledgment page for a full list.

Happy reading!

From the Healthy Families in Monash Team

Choosing Christmas Cards For Friends

Things to consider when choosing Christmas cards for friends and family

Choosing Christmas cards is not always as easy as it may seem. Not if you want to send your friends and family cards they will actually like.

Consider these things when you next choose Christmas cards, however, and you could have the most successful year since you first began sending them out.

Serious or funny? — Start by considering each person you will be sending Christmas cards to, and think about their sense of humor. Do they laugh at the same things you do? Do they like plays on words, or goofy animal photos?

If so, choose a card that is likely to make them laugh. If you are not sure, choose a more traditional option with a tree, a snow scene or a pile of gifts instead.

Religious cards — While your friends may celebrate Christmas, some of them may not be remotely religious. That is why, if you are not sure someone has the same religious beliefs you do, stay away from an overtly religious card and stick with pretty or cute instead.

Christmas cards from your local area — Many people do not even consider sending cards that depict their local area.

If you have snow-covered mountains, extravagant Christmas lights or even a beach for a non-seasonal approach, consider buying cards that show off how lovely your part of the world can be.

Should you be politically correct? — Political correctness surrounds Christmas to such an extent in America, some people worry about sending Christmas cards at all. After all, your friend or family member may be Muslim, Buddhist or atheist and may be offended by receiving a card from you.

Is this actually true? Or is it something the news media has been reporting on with not much evidence to back it up?

In most cases, sending Christmas Cards at Charity Greeting Cards to people who are not Christian is not likely to offend. Especially because all the card really means is a wish that they have a nice holiday season.

If you are in doubt, though, choose one with the more universal message of ‘Happy Holidays’.

Personal messages — Regardless of the type of Christmas cards you send, remember a personal message written in all of them often means more to the recipient than any photograph on the front.

Think about what that person has meant to you throughout the year, what you wish for them in the coming year and how much you care about them. Then write a message in all your Christmas cards that sums up your feelings, and lets them know how much you care.

Tips for Sending Christmas Cards

Six Tips for Sending Christmas Cards

The holiday tradition of designing, addressing and sending Charity Greeting Cards Christmas Cards to friends and family is an enjoyable one. Once you settle on the cards and the right message to share, you go home, pack them in envelopes and drop them in the mail. Although sending Christmas cards is easy, there are some things you ought to keep in mind. Check out these tips to ensure you have a smooth ride when posting a little bit of the seasonal joys to your loved ones.

1. Designate cards for each family

It is crucial to set up a system that enables you to remember the friends and family you would want to send Christmas cards. If you are planning on sending some personalized cards, make a separate list for these people. Consider general cards for business associates. The main point is to keep the cards appropriate for the recipients.

2. Right timing

Although sending cards early is a good idea, it is only appropriate to wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday to post your Christmas cards. The ideal time of the recipients receiving the card is usually during the second week of December. Avoid waiting too long; otherwise, the card might arrive a week after Christmas.

3. Include a personal message and signature

It is advisable to order custom cards from a printing company so that you send custom greetings. You may request to have your name printed on the Christmas cards or use your penmanship and signature where possible. One can even include a personal note on the addressing of the envelope.

4. Include a return address

The returns address out to be included in any written correspondence. It will enable the address to know the sender of the card immediately. Your recipient will also be aware of your correct address in case they want to send a Christmas card your way.

5. Return favors

Keep a list of the people who you exchange Christmas cards each year. If you have always sent a card to a family for four years, but they do not bother sending any in return, you might want to continue posting or remove them from your card list. The lack of interest shows that they do not want to participate in card exchange. It could also imply that they are not receiving your cards or they moved.

6. Send business cards to the office

Sending Christmas cards to a business associate’s house is inappropriate. Unless if you interact or know the person at a personal level, keep it professional and send the card to his or her office. Also, avoid sending a photo card.