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.
The Advisory Committee
The Healthy Communities Northern Rivers Advisory Committee (HCAC) was established in late 2018 to oversee the development and implementation of the Healthy Communities Northern Rivers Action Plan 2019-2021 with the following founding members:
- Northern NSW Local Health District(Secretariat)
- Solid Mob
- North Coast Primary Health Network
- University Centre for Rural Health
- Department of Family and Community Services
- NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
- NSW Department of Sport and Recreation
- NSW Department of Education
- TAFE NSW
- Catholic Schools Office Diocese of Lismore
- Regional Development Australia
- Lismore City Council
- Kyogle Council
- Clarence Valley Council
- Ballina Shire Council
- Byron Shire Council
- Tweed Shire Council
- Northern Rivers Joint Organisation (NRJO)
- Consortium of Neighbourhood Centres
- Cancer Council
- Gurehlgam Corporation