Healthy Communities Northern Rivers is a whole-of-community approach to healthy eating and active living in the community, particularly targeting disadvantaged populations at high risk of developing chronic disease.
The disease burden in Australia would be significantly lower if people were a healthy weight and exercised.
More than 90 per cent of Australians are not eating enough vegetables or doing the recommended amount of exercise for their age. Our young people are a significant area of concern with studies showing 92 per cent of 13 to 17 years olds don’t get enough exercise.
By working together, we can help build communities that make it easier for people to make healthy choices, be physically active and eat a healthy diet through every age and stage of life.
Prevention of disease is about more than keeping people out of hospital, it is about helping them to enjoy the pleasures of healthy living.
The Healthy Communities Northern Rivers Action plan is designed around HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) objectives.
This plan provides an opportunity for agencies and communities across the region to collaborate on a broader range of actions than previously possible and contributes to the strategic objectives of partners to varying degrees.
Grants to kick-start youth wellbeing projects in 2020
The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) has announced ten recipients of its Youth Health and Wellbeing Grants designed to help young people get active and stay well.
The grants of up to $4000 each are funded by NNSWLHD as part of its Healthy Communities Northern Rivers initiative, a whole of community approach to making it easier for people to lead active healthy lives.
The successful applications cover a wide variety of projects, from youth food gardens and cookbooks, to fitness challenges, mountain bike training, and girls’ skateboarding sessions.
The projects focus on healthy eating or physical activity, or both, and are for young people aged 13 to 24 years.
The grant winners are from across the Northern Rivers and include projects to address girls’ physical activity, Indigenous youth health, young people with disability, and social disadvantage.