“All Portland children live, learn and play in a community that makes it easy for them to eat healthily and be active.”
Our community is working together through the SEA Change initiative to make healthy eating and physical activity the easiest choice for a healthier community.
Unhealthy weight effects two thirds of the adult Australian population (and 1 in 4 children) and that figure is rising. Children who are at an unhealthy weight have a 70% chance of being so as adults and over time this can lead to chronic health conditions.
Unhealthy weight is known to take 10+ years of a persons life expectancy. it also has a huge impact on the quality of life.
Bringing it home…
weight, height and behavioral data collected in June 2016 shows us that an alarming 40% of Portland primary school-aged children are classified at unhealthy weight. 30 years ago, less than 10% of the population had unhealthy weight.
So where does SEA Change Portland come into this?
SEA Change Portland has started working towards a better future for our families. Our community has been making some big changes so that the healthy choice is becoming the easiest choice, especially for our children.
What have we done so far?
Community workshops in 2014 & 2016 have involved people from schools, families, businesses, clubs and the general community, in identifying many factors influencing unhealthy lifestyles. Actions to address these issues as a community began.
Where are we at right now?
Individuals and groups are making sustainable changes in all areas of the community. People are telling their stories and sharing healthy lifestyle news through SEA Change.
Where to from here?
What can you do as a community member?
- promote the vision
- encourage other people to get involved and
- participate or help in any way you can to support community actions