GenR8 Change is a community led initiative aimed at empowering the local community to drive change to make the healthier choice the easier choice, especially for children.
In our modern day environment where the unhealthy choice is most often the easy choice, contributing to overweight and obesity, the community can come together to initiate and drive action to change this in a sustainable way. No matter how big or small, every bit of community action counts.
In 2015, Deakin University and local community organisations partnered to collate accurate local obesity data that revealed 34% of boys and 42% of girls in the Southern Grampians are overweight or obese. Obesity cannot be sustainably addressed with a single strategy so, pooling community knowledge and resource, a backbone working group has helped the local community further understand obesity and develop and drive their own potential solutions.
Almost two years in, GenR8 Change boasts involvement of 300 community members working on approximately 70 actions across the system that aim to make the healthier choice the easier choice for people living in the Southern Grampians.
Some key community achievements to date include - but are by no means limited to:
- Western District Health Service removed sugary drinks from sale
- Hamilton North P.S implemented a menu of 85% green items
- Hamilton Junior Football League actively promotes water as #1 drink choice
- Three new local water fountains have been installed
- Hamilton Basketball Association has become a ‘Water Only Zone’
- All local café’s and a number of additional organisations/venues have gained Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) ‘breastfeeding friendly approval’.