What is GenR8 Change?
GenR8 change is a community-driven approach that involves the whole community and considers all the factors that influence our food and physical activity choices. The mission is to create an environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.
The reality is that right now, as you drive your car up the street or as your purchase food and drink at your different facilities and events, the unhealthy choice is the easy choice, and too often the only choice.
Why does this matter?
Back in 2015, Deakin University and local agencies across the five shires of the Great South Coast, developed a worlds-first local monitoring system that allowed an accurate breakdown of the weight and health status of our children for the first time ever. We already had an idea that overweight and obesity levels have been on the increase throughout Australia, but were unclear on the actual magnitude of the problem at a local level.
This 2015 data revealed up to 52% of girls and 39% of boys aged 7-12 were classified as overweight or obese.
- This matters to us because by the time children are in year 2, over one quarter of children are weighing above a healthy weight range
- This matters to us because research shows that, unless things change, this will only increase
- This matters to us because not only does obesity increase risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes and asthma, but can lead to psychological problems including depression, anxiety, bullying, self-esteem and bad behaviours.
- This matters to us because these children will automatically be at a disadvantage regarding education attainment, employment status and income level compared to their peers in a healthy weight category.
Local data has since been re-collated, in both 2017 and 2019 and whilst there have been some significant shifts in some health behaviors, this reveals childhood overweight and obesity is still a priority for the Southern Grampians region. There's more to be done yet!
See below info-graphic sharing some of 2019 childhood monitoring results.
The good news!
We can help fix this. Not on our own, but as a community, we can be part of the solution.
What can you do? - Be a GenR8 Change Maker. Join the GenR8 Change community and show your support.
It's the little things that make the big things happen.