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Congratulations to the GenR8 Change community on all the actions and changes made so far towards creating a healthier Southern Grampians!   The GenR8 Change support team keep an action register, recording all the great things we know are happening to make the healthier choice the easier choice - the 200th action was added to the register this week!   These are just the healthy changes we are aware of. Can you help grow the list? What is your community group, school, sporting club or workplace doing to make the healthier choice the easier choice? Let us know about it! As a community, let's keep building on these great efforts! They ARE having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our children, follow this link to find out how. The sky's the limit!   All completed community actions we know of are listed on our webpage, take a look! https://www.genr8change.com/community_achievements         

Congratulations to the entire GenR8 Change community for winning top honors in the ‘Supporting Healthy Population’s’ category at the Department of Health and Human Services Victorian Public Healthcare awards! The joint application between GenR8 Change and SEA Change Portland received the award in Melbourne on October 11.   GenR8 Change was one of four finalists nominated for the category, up against three city/metro counterparts our Southern Grampians community should be rapt to achieve top honors.   This award represents all the hard work Southern Grampians community members have put in to make a real difference to the health of our community. The win reflects the fantastic level of community ownership over and support for GenR8 Change.                                    Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership Executive Officer Janette Lowe said the win was something the whole community could be proud of. “This award is great recognition of the important role that everyday community members have, in making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our community. Local communities have the power and skills to make a real difference and this win reflects the high level of community ownership over GenR8 Change” said Ms Lowe. “Together the Southern Grampians community has made hundreds of changes, big and small, to make the healthy choice the easier choice and ultimately improve the health of our local children.  Recently collected childhood health data is showing the distinct reduction in obesity rates and improvement in a number of childhood health indicators since GenR8 Change began.”   Local Principal, Don Beaton recognises the value in the GenR8 Change approach and has leveraged this to make healthy change to his schools lunch menu. "The GenR8 Change movement gave us the confidence and support to change our school's lunch order menu. The students are generally excited about new healthy choices”, Don says, “It’s great to know other community groups are also making change and we’re starting to get some really good outcomes”.   Whether you’ve been directly involved in an action to make the healthier choice the easier one, or you’ve simply supported healthy change in some way, thank you. Remember – every little change counts!   If you haven’t yet been involved in GenR8 Change, and would like to learn more or follow community happenings please join at https://www.genr8change.com/join

Over 30 Southern Grampians community members came together on Thursday 13th September for the GenR8 Change celebration breakfast.  A great start to the day was had by all, as four community members shared their stories of making healthy change.                                          Thanks to Jackie Wilson from the Hamilton Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre - HILAC, Amanda Adamson representing the Australian Breastfeeding Association Hamilton Branch, Julie Pickering from Hamilton North Primary School and John Hedley from Western District Health Service for sharing information around their actions to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and key lessons learnt through their endeavours! Keep an eye on future blog posts as we prepare more detailed reports of each action shared.  There was certainly lots of buzz in the room following the story telling and we hope everyone walked away motivated and ready to keep driving and supporting actions that make healthy easy! A big thank you also to Cafe Gray Hamilton for a yummy healthy breakfast spread.              Do you have an idea for change that will make the healthier choice the easier choice? Have you started working towards healthy change? Let us know about it! email: ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or phone (03) 5551 8475