Health promotion is a term describing how we empower you to increase control over your health so that your overall wellbeing can improve.
Health promotion goes beyond the idea of a ‘healthy lifestyle’ to encourage the idea of wellbeing.
Health promotion at Northeast Health
Some of the health promotion activities that are currently operating at Northeast Health include:
- implementation of the Healthy Choices Guidelines in the cafe including the removal of all RED category drinks
- smoke-free environments, supporting patients to be smoke-free during their stay and supporting staff to become smoke-free.
- Achievement Program – working towards all the health benchmarks (Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Smoking, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Alcohol) to create a healthy and supportive environment for staff
Your health is our priority.
The Central Hume Primary Care Partnership has committed to this priority from 2017 – 2021. Our target group is whole of the community at different stages of life, particularly vulnerable populations and early years (0-8 years).
We aim to identify opportunities in our community and create supportive environments for communities to increase healthy eating and physical activity behaviours. It is well known that eating a wide variety of healthy foods every day, completing 30 minutes of physical activity on most days and living in a community that enables access to both of these is directly related to better health outcomes.
Statistics for the Hume region show why healthy eating and active living is a priority:
- Obesity is a primary cause of chronic disease and Hume has a higher proportion of obese people than Victoria – 55.4% of the population in Hume is overweight or obese compared with 48.6% in Victoria.
- A low level of income is associated with being overweight or obese and Hume has a higher proportion of low-income households than Victoria – 36.5% of households in Hume have a weekly income of less than $650 compared to 30.6% in Victoria.
- Breastfeeding exclusively for up to 6 months protects babies against becoming overweight or obese in adulthood – only 48% of infants in Hume were fully breastfed at 3 months of age.
- Eating 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables (as suggested by dietary guidelines) protects against cardiovascular disease, some cancers and obesity – 88.3% of females and 94.6% of males in Hume did not meet the vegetable guidelines and 46.6% of females and 57.9% of males did not meet the fruit guidelines.
- 19.2% of Wangaratta residents consume sugar-sweetened soft drinks on a daily basis. This is higher than the state measure of 11.2%. Overweight and obesity are the leading cause of preventable disease with 19.9% of our population currently obese with a further 33.1% pre-obese. 4.2% of our population has type 2 diabetes.
- 55% Wangaratta residents do not meet the physical activity requirements.
Better Health Channel – Victorian Government health and medical information
Kitchen Garden Foundation – Promotes health food education in primary schools
LiveLighter – A program which aims to encourage adults to lead healthier lifestyles
Quit Victoria – Quit smoking website