Community Urged To Get Active In SEA Change

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Friday, 5 August 2016
Portland district residents are being urged to get active in a community-wide initiative to improve local health outcomes.

Two community workshops will be held on August 17 to review progress made over the past two years in the SEA Change program and to encourage more people to play a part in the campaign.

SEA Change organisers particularly want to encourage young people to become involved and want to engage more people as `champions’ to spread the word through their networks.

Health promotion team leader at Portland District Health, Lindy Stuchbery, has made a call to action, to ask people what they can do in their own communities to improve healthy options.

SEA Change is a whole-of-community shift towards a healthier community and we want to ramp up the activities to continue the momentum, Ms Stuchbery said.

The community workshops on Wednesday August 17 will be from 9am-12.30pm and 5-9pm at Portland Football Club in Henty Street.

Organisers hope up to 100 people will attend to work in groups on a systems map of activities in the community.

There will be a presentation by Deakin University's Centre for Obesity Prevention and SEA Change Steering Group members on what's already happening and what else can be done to promote healthy eating and more activities.

We aim to make small but sustainable changes that mean our children will grow up to be healthier adults, Ms Stuchbery said.

The program is already making a difference.

Some of the key achievements have included introducing weighing and measuring is schools, Kidz in The Kitchen cooking program at Portland Primary teaching children and families about nutritious home cooking, label reading cards at IGA supermarket, free fresh fruit at Portland District Health (PDH) and other venues, relief food for schools, a healthy cooking program at the Portland Neighbourhood House, and a breastfeeding action plan that led to PDH supporting new mothers to attend breastfeeding education classes.

Now we want to extend the number of people involved in SEA Change through the champions network and want people to suggest what they would like to do in their own communities, Ms Stuchbery said.

Surveys show 59 per cent of people in Glenelg Shire are classed as overweight or obese.

SEA Change aims to make healthy eating and physical activity the easy choice.

People interested in attending the workshops can find out more by contacting Lindy or Kelly on 55221197 or email lindy.stuchbery.pdh@swary.vic.gov.au or k.edwards.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au


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