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There are plenty of ways YOU can get involved in making change and showing support for healthier choices!   In addition to showing your support through joining the GenR8 Change community (join in 1 minute now!) , there are always ways to go that step further and become a part of the changes you want to see across the Southern Grampians.    Recently, some of the GenR8 Change community gathered informally to discuss some of the fantastic healthy changes that have happened in our community, and share ideas for further action. There were a number of new actions proposed at the session, and now we put the call out to you to jump on board!! Reach out to the key contacts assigned to each of the actions below, or alternative contact Ebony at ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or 5551 8475.                              Has your club, school or organisation achieved anything similar and able to provide some guidance or advice? Or have you previously thought about pursuing one of these changes (or similar) to make the healthier choice the easier one? Get involved in these action groups to make it a whole lot easier! Of course these are not the only actions happening in our community, there is upwards of 150 similar changes occuring! To find out more or let us know about a change you've noted please get in contact with Ebony at ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or 5551 8475 - we'd love to share your story! 

One key evaluation component of GenR8 Change is social network analysis (SNA). SNA reveals how change spreads within and beyond communities. SNA of our local GenR8 Change community will help us determine if the right mix of people are involved and connected to achieve our overall goal of sustained healthy systems change.   GLOBE @ Deakin University are currently seeking some information from key GenR8 Change community members that will feed into the analysis and build our local knowledge.   Whether you have been contacted previously to complete a SNA survey, OR the whole concept of Social Network Analysis in general interests you, you're invited to come along to an informal lunchtime session with Jaimie McGlashan from GLOBE as she shares with us; what SNA is used for, how it can benefit us locally and what future developments could look like. Anyone interested and keen to learn more is welcome! Be sure to RSVP if you do plan to attend for catering purposes.  

Since GenR8 Change first came to fruition back in 2015 (yes, it's been that long!) our Southern Grampians community has worked hard in lots of settings, making changes big and small to shape an environment where the healthier choice is the easier one.    And guess what - your actions ARE making an impact!    Local weights, measures and behavioural data of children in grades 2, 4 and 6 was for a second time collated by Deakin University and local data collectors during term 2 of 2017. A great participation rate from our local schools enables us to draw upon this newly analysed credible data, as well as data collected back in 2015, and present you with some good news - rates of childhood overweight and obesity in the Southern Grampians are moving in a positive direction!    The info-graphic below shares some of the key data findings in regards to the range of health behaviours measured and the big one, Body Mass Index.    For those that like delving deeper into the facts and findings, never fear, Deakin University are working on producing publications that will include all the specific methods, facts and figures. But for now we're excited to be able to share this information with you! Whilst sharing of the new local childhood health data certainly does call for celebration, we all acknowldege there's a long way to go yet. Rates of childhood overweight and obesity across the Southern Grampians are still not acceptable.      Are you part of GenR8 Change? If not, the first step you can take to show your support is joining the GenR8 Change community at www.genr8change.com/join    Movement in a positive direction is great, but we can achieve so much more together! The approach is working, get on board!