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Plenty Valley Community Health, in partnership with the local Indigenous community in the Whittlesea area of Victoria, is running a project called Feedin' the mob. The project aims to get the community involved in activities that draw on local culture to teach the benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle to teenagers, parents and carers, people living with chronic illness and Elders.
Activities include running a community garden, cooking classes, information-sharing about primary health care and chronic disease prevention. Several events have been organised: a NAIDOC lunch with community Elders to talk about health; the launch of a school kitchen garden; and a team fun run.
Feedin' the mob Project Facilitator, Laura Thompson, said the fun run event has built community enthusiasm for making positive changes to lifestyle behaviours that improve health. ‘We had people walking and running five and 10 kilometre distances, many for the first time. Talk has already turned to a bigger and better event in conjunction with the Melbourne Marathon!'
Source: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Plenty Valley Community Health
40 - 42 Walnut Street
PO Box 82
Whittlesea Vic 3757
Ph: (03) 9716 9444
Fax: (03) 9716 1492