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Be active eat well



The Be active eat well project was a community-based initiative designed to provide the opportunity, resources and support to build a community's capacity to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

The project aimed to promote healthy eating and physical activity behaviours and reduce unhealthy weight gain in children aged 4-12 years in the rural Victorian town of Colac. The Colac project was successful in reducing unhealthy increases in children's weight and waist measurement. This was the first such evidence that whole-of-community programs in Australia can have an impact on unhealthy weight gain in primary school children.

Abstract adapted from Victoria Government: Go for your life


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Melbourne Vic 3000
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Melbourne Vic 3001
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Related publications

de Silva-Sanigorski AM, Bolton K, Haby M, Kremer P, Gibbs L, Waters E, Swinburn B (2010)

Scaling up community-based obesity prevention in Australia: background and evaluation design of the health promoting communities: Being Active Eating Well initiative.

BMC Public Health; 10: 65

Retrieved 12 February 2010 from

Evaluated publications

Swinburn B, Malakellis M, Moodie M, Waters E, Gibbs L, Millar L, Herbert J, Virgo-Milton M, Mavoa H, Kremer P, de Silva-Sanigorski A (2014)

Large reductions in child overweight and obesity in intervention and comparison communities 3 years after a community project.

Pediatric Obesity; 9(6): 455–462


Last updated: 28 January 2015
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