Healthier Eating and Active Living

The Victorian Health and Wellbeing Plan sets out to provide key priorities and a vision to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

With this plan in mind, representatives from 12 agencies across the G21 Region came together to workshop a shared priority that will be an integral part of their work going forward.

The 12 agencies involved in this work included Barwon Health, Bellarine Community Health, Colac Area Health, Hesse Rural Health, Leisure Networks, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Colac Otway Shire, G21 Geelong Region Alliance, DHHS, Womens Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West Inc.

The shared priority identified and agreed to by all 12 agencies was Healthier Eating and Active Living.

To read more about this shared priority, click here.

Backbone Support Group:

  • G21 HEALTH & WELLBEING PILLAR - Janice Lane & Liz Dando
  • BARWON HEALTH - Mairead O'Sullivan
  • CITY OF GREATER GEELONG - Monica Evans
  • GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE - Rebecca Hickey
  • BELLARINE COMMUNITY HEALTH - Ruth Cuttler
  • DHHS - Sue Morgan

Project Update (August 2017) - Prevention Plan Workshop

On Monday, 21st August, 35 people from 14 agencies came together to discuss and workshop an Action Plan that would have significance for our collective communities across the G21 Region.

This group have been working together for some time to prepare an Action Plan that aims to drive the obesity rates down for our communities. 

For more information click here

Project Update (July 2017) - Big Ideas Forum: The Next Generation of Action

More than 100 people packed the President’s room at Geelong Cats Stadium on Tuesday 25th July to hear from Australia’s leading experts on obesity prevention and to vote on several big ideas.

Participants came from a range of sectors – Health, Community, Local Government, University, State Government and the private sector and from as far afield as Wangaratta. The Deakin University Academics brought to life their research and learnings and pitched to the audience a range of ideas and initiatives that could work and drive obesity levels down in the G21 Region.

A big thank you to Deakin University who co-funded the forum and to all presenters and workshop facilitators. Of interest, the three big ideas were:

  • Women rise up and be active
  • Every children’s setting to have healthy food and beverages
  • Prioritise people before cars in the G21 Region.

Click below to view presentations from the forum:

PDF icon Healthier Eating Active Living - David Crawford
PDF icon What characterizes leadership in obesity prevention - Colin Bell & Steve Allender
PDF icon Australias report card on physical activity for children and young people - Nicky Ridgers
PDF icon An Equity Lens in Public Health - Kathryn Backholer
PDF icon Shake it up workshop - external resources - Sue Cormack and PDF icon Shake it up workshop summary

Click below to view the final vote and comments report

Project Update (June 2017) - Shared Measurement and Collective Impact

On Wednesday 28th May, around 24 people from across the G21 Region came together to hear from Jen Riley of Navigating Outcomes about Collective Impact and Shared Measurement.

Participants heard from Jen on the differences between collaboration and other ways of working, the 5 conditions of collective impact and how to measure Collective Impact.

The morning’s session held at the Geelong Regional Library Corporation builds our collective understanding of collaboration; the principles that help guide our work.

As we move towards a shared plan for action in addressing Obesity Prevention, the backbone support group felt that the session provided an excellent building block towards our Regional goal.

Project Update (May 2017)

On Thursday 18th May, over 30 people from a range of organisations (Health, Community and Local Government)  attended an Activity Mapping workshop with staff from Deakin University – Global Obesity Centre.

As a collective, this group of agencies are working together on the shared health priority of Healthier Eating and Active Living.

If we are to work together in a more coordinated way, then we need to understand what is currently going on across the G21 Region. There is a myriad of activity going on and the Systems Map will help us to unpack the key activities and connections, and help inform our planning process.

HEALTHIER EATING ACTIVITY MAP

ACTIVE LIVING ACTIVITY MAP

These Activity Maps signify to the best of our collective knowledge, the activity currently undertaken across the G21 Region around our shared health promotion priority.

Whilst not an exhaustive list, it does provide our agencies with information about the number and type of activities occurring across the Region.

As we move forward on developing a shared action plan, this activity mapping provides valuable background information for our work.

 

Click below to view the following documents:

Healthier Eating & Active Living - Backbone Support Communications Plan 2017

Healthier Eating & Active Living - Project Plan Timelines 2017

Healthier Eating & Active Living - Collective Impact & Shared Measurement Presntation - July 2017

Healthier Eating Activity Map - July 2017

Active Living Activity Map - July 2017

Project News

On the 13th October 2017, our partner agencies will come together to develop a Joined Up Action Plan around our shared health promotion priority of: Healthier Eating and Active Living.

Over the course of the past 9 months, our partners have been actively engaged in working together and refining the actions that they can commit to.

This session will help confirm and refine our collective actions that can make an impact and difference across the G21 Region.

VicHealth research found that there are five distinct ‘life stages’ which have common themes as well as unique attributes that influence physical activity behaviour. These stages are youth, young adults, parents, adults without children and retirees.

In 2017-18, VicHealth’s Active Club Grants will provide funding to increase the opportunities Victorians have to participate in community sport clubs.

VicHealth are seeking Victorian women to feature in a new local version of the world-renowned 'This Girl Can' campaign to improve the health of women across the state.

On Monday, 21st August, around 35 people from 14 agencies came together to discuss and workshop an Action Plan that would have significance for our collective communities across the G21 Region.

Project Events

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Kardinia Health invites you to an Information Night on: Lifestyle before Medicine SeriesLifestyle Series

Sunday, 1 October 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, 31 October 2017 (All day)

Walk to School month is a fun and easy way for Victorian primary school kids to build healthy habits for life. Get involved today! Register below and walk, ride or scoot to and from school this October. 

Friday, 6 October 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

After the success of the inaugural 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Forum, this year's event will focus on ‘forward thinking’ in diversity and inclusion in sport, with the theme ‘Future Thinking in diversity and inclusion in sport’.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 (All day) to Saturday, 21 October 2017 (All day)

Each year National Nutrition Week raises awareness of the role of food on our health, and supports the community to enjoy healthy eating.

Related Resources

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It shows how the oral health indicators for the City of Greater Geelong compare to the Victorian average

 

The G21 Physical Activity Strategy will create an environment that supports physical activity by establishing an evidence base to guide policy and decision making at a regional and municipal level.

The purpose of the Geelong Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 is to demonstrate how the City of Greater Geelong will work to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community over a four year period.

This summary document has been drafted to share the initial thinking about the purpose and scope of the work and the role of a Backbone Support Group.

The scope of these Terms of Reference extend to the "Backbone Support Group" when coming together to support progress of the shared health priority - Healthier Eating and Active Living.

This map illustrates the activity that occurs by multi- agencies across the G21 Region. It is a point in time based on participation in a workshop held on 18th May 2017.
The maps will be used to assist in the development of a joined up plan by multi-agencies who share the common agenda of Healthier Eating & Active Living.

Prepared by the G21 Geelong Region Alliance, January 2017. Sourced from the Victorian Population Health 2014 and VicHealth Indicators 2015 surveys.

Prepared by the G21 Geelong Region Alliance, January 2017. Sourced from the Victorian Population Health 2014 and VicHealth Indicators 2015 surveys.

Prepared by the G21 Geelong Region Alliance, January 2017. Sourced from the Victorian Population Health 2014 and VicHealth Indicators 2015 surveys.

G21 Region Snapshot includes the following indicators: 

  • Met vegetable consumption guidelines (%)
  • Met fruit consumption guidelines (%)
  • Daily Consumer od Sugar Sweetened Soft Drinks (%)
  • Met Physical Activity Guidelines (%)
  • Walked for transport 4 or
  • ...

Prepared by the G21 Geelong Region Alliance, January 2017. Sourced from the Victorian Population Health 2014 and VicHealth Indicators 2015 surveys.

Prepared by the G21 Geelong Region Alliance, January 2017. Sourced from the Victorian Population Health 2014 and VicHealth Indicators 2015 surveys.

The Healthy Eating Resource Guide was developed as a quick guide to direct consumers and organisations to resources surrounding nutrition & healthy eating.

Hospitalisation rates for diabetes, tooth decay and other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital show how Australia’s health system is consistently failing some communities.

The following is report provides a visual snapshot of the main outputs from the Workshop. It also briefly describes the group process used by the facilitator.

The RFSA membership includes representation from local governments, community health, not-for-profits, produce growers and sellers and sustainability groups to name a few. Membership is open to anyone who works within the food system and shares the RFSA's vision. 

The G21 Physical Activity Strategy aims to create an environment that supports physical activity by establishing an evidence base to guide policy and decision making at a regional and municipal level.

This evidence summary outlines current trends in obesity and healthy eating in Australia and Victoria. It also gives an overview of the impacts of an unhealthy diet, as well as barriers and enablers to changing the eating patterns of a population. It has been informed by recent studies and relevant government and non-government agency reports.