Healthier Eating Active Living (HEAL)

Strategic Priority: Enabling Healthier Lifestyles

 

Partners

Barwon Health, Barwon Water, Bellarine Community Health, Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Area Health, City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Hesse Rural Health, Leisure Networks, Surf Coast Shire, Women's Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, Kardinia Park Stadium Trust, Department of Health and Human Services and the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar.

Key documents

Overview

Healthier Eating and Active Living (HEAL) has been identified as a priority in the G21 region and is the principal focus of the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar. HEAL aims to encourage and support the community to make healthy lifestyle changes at a personal level with seven goals:

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

Cross-sector working groups are working in consultation with the community to achieve these goals.

The G21 Health and Wellbeing team are also providing support to “Colac Otway Choose Change”. This Deakin University led project aims to tackle childhood obesity in partnership with Colac Area Health and Colac Otway Shire. For enquiries about this specific project, please contact us.

For further details about this initiative, please contact the G21 Health and Wellbeing team. Contact us.

This page was updated by G21 HWB team on 1/12/2019

Project News

As a nation, we're the heaviest we've ever been. 

67% of Australian adults are currently overweight or obese, bringing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and 12 types of cancers closer - along with a range of other health problems.

Junk food would come with warning labels, supermarkets could be banned from discounting chips and lollies and advertisements for  unhealthy snacks removed from buses under a draft plan to tackle Australia's $12 billion-a-year obesity epidemic.

To coincide with National Nutrition and Children’s Weeks, Golden Plains Shire launched the locally developed children’s book, ‘The Super Veggie Four’.

Colac Area Health’s health promotion co-ordinator Emily Brown says Colac’s lower socio-economic status and high density of fast food outlets contributes to the region’s higher obesity and overweight rates. She is encouraging Colac Otway residents to make small, healthy lifestyle and food changes.

New road rules changes are coming for children cycling on the footpath. After extensive consultation with pedestrian and cycling organisations, councils and community members, the road rules supporting children cycling on footpaths have been amended.

Related Resources

The "Choose Water Everyday" Campaign is a collaboration between partner organisations in Victoria’s South West region – G21(Geelong Regional Alliance), City of Greater Geelong, Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, Golden Plains Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe, Hesse Rural Health, Colac Otway Shire, Surf Coast Shire, Barwon Water and Bellarine Community Health. 

In late 2018 a community consultation group formed from members of the Vegetable and Water/Sugar Sweetened Beverage working groups, which consisted of partners from Bellarine Community Health, Barwon Health and Golden Plains Shire Council and supported by the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar.