GenR8 Change community winners for supporting healthy populations

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!


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