Healthy Together Latrobe
Healthy Together Latrobe is a major new initiative that aims to improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play by addressing the causes of poor health in children's settings, workplaces and communities to strengthen Latrobe’s health prevention system.
Latrobe City Council has been involved in a major State Government initiative to improve residents’ health by addressing the causes of health problems. It is about putting the emphasis of healthy living back into local hands.
Latrobe City Council has partnered with Latrobe Community Health Service to form Healthy Together Latrobe, part of the Healthy Together Victoria initiative funded by the State Government.
Healthy Together Latrobe is providing a range of initiatives to encourage healthy eating and physical activity while reducing rates of obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption in Latrobe City.
To achieve this, Healthy Together Latrobe is working with workplaces, schools and the community to take the lead in creating healthy environments through education, partnerships, healthy neighbourhood planning and policy changes.
Why are we doing this?
A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of preventable chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. It promotes better mental health and overall wellbeing
- 60.6% of Latrobe’s adult population are either overweight or obese: Being overweight or obese presents a risk to your health by increasing the likelihood of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health conditions.
- 88.45% of Latrobe residents do not meet the dietary guidelines for vegetable consumption: 5 – 6 serves per day is recommended for a healthy diet.
- More Latrobe residents consume soft drinks daily (22.5%) compared to the State average (15.9%): Latrobe is the 7th highest municipality
for soft drink consumption.
- 19.8% were classified as current smokers, 4% higher than the state average of 15.8%
- 59.8% of Latrobe residents consume alcohol at rates which place them at short term risk of alcohol-related harm
- One third of Latrobe residents (32.3%) reported sitting 7 hours or more per day: 30-60 minutes per day of moderate intensity physical activity is recommended
- Statistics are from the Victorian Population Healthy Survey 2011-12
What are we doing about it?
Healthy Together Latrobe has developed a range of initiatives aimed at providing long term results for Latrobe residents that will see obesity rates decrease, smoking and alcohol consumption decrease and physical activity and healthy eating increase.
These have been introduced into workplaces, schools and community groups and organisations across Latrobe through a ‘Systems Approach’ to health.
Workplaces, schools and early learning services that work with Healthy Together Latrobe can access the following services for free:
- Receive assistance with wellbeing policies and surveys
- Receive assistance to create health and wellbeing initiative
- Be connected with health and wellbeing experts
- Attend networking events and workshops
- Receive access to tools to gain recognition for work health and wellbeing