Workshops Focus on Improving Health

Published on 21 August 2019

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Encouraging healthy lifestyles and preventing obesity will be the focus of workshops being held across Moyne Shire next month.

Representatives from the Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University and the South West Primary Care Partnership will facilitate the workshops, being held in Mortlake and Port Fairy.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Mick Wolfe said the workshops would be interactive forums aimed at sharing ideas and encouraging people to take action.

“Having a healthy lifestyle is so important for all of the community, and with data showing only 45% of local adults and 67% of local children being within a healthy weight range, more needs to be done,” Cr Wolfe said.

“Only 12% of the adults in Moyne Shire eat the daily recommended amounts of vegetables and around half of all residents are not getting enough exercise.

“We know that the health and well-being of our community is often influenced by where you live and the local opportunities and issues.

“These workshops will review two maps that have been created, each highlighting ideas and locations that could better promote healthy eating and active lifestyles.

“The workshops are not about establishing individual plans – they are focused on developing a series of actions that the community can adopt to support healthier lifestyles for Moyne’s residents.”

“These actions will be a key part of Council’s Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for Moyne Shire.”

Workshops will be held at Mortlake Moyne Shire Council Office on Wednesday 4 September, 4-6pm, and at Port Fairy Community Services Centre on Thursday 5 September, 7-9am.

Residents are encouraged to book a place at the workshops by contacting Lynda Smith at South West Primary Care Partnership on 5561 9846 or lsmith@swpcp.com.au.