Priority 1 - 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 (HEAL).

TO VIEW THE HEAL ACTION PLAN FOR 2017-18 CLICK HERE

Progress for 2018 has seen the development of working groups to drive the key actions relating to the 7 priority goals of the Action Plan being –

  • 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

Furthermore 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 with new comers welcome. For further information, contact Zoe Barnett (Director, G21 Health & Wellbeing).

Project Update (April 2018)

The regional priority around Healthy Eating and Active Living has gained momentum in 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.
The remaining three themes in the Active Living space focus on increasing physical activity. Click here to read more

 

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 
  • DHHS 

To find out more about this project, contact hwb@G21.com.au or call Zoe Barnett on 5227 4000.

Project News

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.

On 26 March, the highly anticipated This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, a movement to encourage and support women who are physically active was launched.

Research shows that a fear of judgement holds many women back from getting active. But Vichealth want people to know it’s perfectly normal to get sweaty and messy when you’re having fun and getting active. 

The seven themes for the Healthier Eating and Active Living (HE&AL) plan have become the platform for shared discussion across a range of organisations in our region.

Victorians are once again being urged to sign up and get active through the Premier’s Active April challenge, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year.

To demonstrate the ‘pawsitive’ benefits of getting active with pets, Minister for Sport John Eren joined AFL Women's Melbourne Demons captain Daisy Pearce and Western Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan at Gosch’s Paddock today to run some four-legged friends through their paces on the Active April ‘Dogstacle’ course.

Project Events

Sunday, 1 April 2018 (All day) to Monday, 30 April 2018 (All day)

The H3O Challenge is a fun way for your school to start drinking more water, and feeling better for it. The overall aim of this challenge is for your students and staff to establish healthier habits, and for water to become the main choice of beverage long-term. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018 (All day) to Monday, 30 April 2018 (All day)

Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to commit to doing 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.

Monday, 16 April 2018 (All day) to Sunday, 6 May 2018 (All day)

GMHBA have teamed up with Nutrition Australia to create a 3-week challenge that aims to provide support, encouragement and incentives to help you increase your daily vegetable intake by providing tips recipes and prizes.

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. 

Related Resources

The Healthier Eating and Active Living Backbone Support Group and our partners have finalised an Action plan around the shared health promotion priority. The plan reflects our partners coming together and working together to prioritise those actions that can make a considerable difference to the lives of many.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks to recoup some of the costs of obesity to the community.

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.