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8 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2012
BEING HEALTHY AND ACTIVE IS
NO PIECE OF CAKE!
For the Healthy Active Moorabool Project the only way is up! In
July the project was officially launched at the Lerderderg Library
to a large crowd of media and representatives from partner
The morning was a great success, with the Mayor announcing the
project and highlighting its importance to the health and wellbeing
of the Moorabool community. Speaking from the heart the Mayor
told of his own health issues and battle with weight loss over
recent years, urging everyone to make better health choices.
Over the next few weeks several new programs will be opening
up for people wishing to get involved in some light physical activity
classes, nutritional information sessions and the always popular
Community Kitchens, where groups get to cook healthy meals to
take home and share with the family, along with the knowledge
learned in the class.
Keep an eye out for the 'Moorabool Shire Health and Wellbeing
Expo' which will be held in November in the Lerderderg Library
and Supper rooms in Bacchus Marsh. The venue will be alive with
healthy cooking and exercise demonstrations, fruit giveaways, 5
minute health checks, guest speakers and lots of stalls to visit, as
well as something for the kids. If your organisation would like to
get involved in the event, please contact Anthony McGrath on
For more information about what is running in Bacchus Marsh,
please contact Bridget Rowe at Djerriwarrh Health Services on
For more information about what is running in Ballan and
surrounding communities, please contact Jacinta Masters at Ballan
District Health and Care on 5366 7981.
Coming up in September:
'Community Kitchens' in Ballan and Mount Egerton.
'Time for a Change' in Ballan and Gordon.
Contact Jacinta on 5366 7981 for more information.
'Heartmoves' in Bacchus Marsh September 12 at 9am.
'East Well for Life' in Bacchus Marsh September 12 at 9am.
'Community Kitchens' in Bacchus Marsh September and October.
Contact Bridget on 9361 9387 for more information.
Through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive
Health the Australian Government is providing $71.8 million
over five years from 2009-10 under the Healthy Communities
Initiative (HCI) to support Local Government Areas (LGAs) in
delivering effective community-based physical activity and healthy
eating programs, as well as developing a range of local policies that
support healthy lifestyle behaviours.
Under the HCI, $61.5 million is available in grants to 92 LGAs
across Australia to increase the number of adults predominantly
not in the paid workforce engaged in physical activity and healthy
eating programs and activities.
Moorabool Shire has been awarded a grant for $566,000 from
the Australian Government to undertake the Healthy Active
Moorabool Project, a partnership between Council, Djerriwarrh
Health Services and Ballan District Health and Care.
The Project aims to maximise the number of adults engaged in
physical activity and healthy eating programs to help reduce the
prevalence of overweight and obesity within the community by
concentrating on population groups that historically, are difficult to
engage in healthy lifestyle and activity programs with a particular
focus on people that are not in the paid workforce.
This National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health initiative
was funded by the Australian Government.
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