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 is vital to the wellbeing of the G21 region community.

Healthier Eating and Active Living (HEAL) was identified as a key priority to encourage and support the community to make healthy lifestyle changes at a personal level.

The Healthier Eating & Active Living (HEAL) Plan identified seven goals:

  • decrease consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB’s)
  • increase water consumption
  • increase vegetable consumption
  • increase healthy food and drink in Children’s settings
  • increase active travel
  • increase incidental activity
  • increase physical activity for girls and women aged 12-24

Working Groups have been created to drive the key actions relating to these goals, while a Community Consultation Group has been established to develop a community consultation plan to identify the barriers to healthy eating within the G21 region. 

Working Group representation is open to any organisation working within the scope of the priority goals. Newcomers are welcome. 

Note: The 12 agencies involved in identifying and progressing this priority are 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.

For further information, contact Zoe Barnett (Director, G21 Health & Wellbeing).

Project Update (AUGUST)

G21 Region Healthy Eating and Active Living initiative enters its second year of the 4 year Plan. Reporting as a collaborative to DHHS completed for the first time. Action Plans are currently under development, and we have seen a merging of several working groups as common areas of focus to improve efficiencies of available resources.

This whole of population approach is markedly different to other regional areas, with our focus on several cohorts within the population where evidence suggests we are best placed to focus our efforts for change.

To view previous HEAL project updates click here.

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 Presentation - July 2017 
Healthier Eating Activity Map - July 2017 
Active Living Activity Map - July 2017 
Healthier Eating and Active Living Action Plan 2017-18

Backbone Support Group:

  • G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar
  • Barwon Health
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Golden Plains Shire
  • Bellarine Community Health
  • Department of Health & Human Services

Project News

June was an exciting time in progressing work in the Healthy Eating and Active Living space.

May was an exciting time in progressing work in the Healthy Eating and Active Living space.

With a flurry of activity in March, April has seen the Working Groups around the regional priority of Healthy Eating and Active Living continue to grow.

A study finds children from all levels of household income are drinking too many sugary drinks, and it gets worse the poorer a child's family is. 

The regional priority around Healthy Eating and Active Living has gained momentum throughout March. The working groups, with a focus on Healthy Eating themes, have been busy progressing actions within the Action Plan, and preparing progress reports which will be completed and submitted to the Backbone Support Group by the end of March.

Project Events

Monday, 1 October 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, 31 October 2018 (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. 

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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.

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

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