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It's Your Move! was a community-based obesity prevention project that promotes healthy eating patterns, regular physical activity and healthy bodies amongst youth. The project was conducted in five East Geelong and Bellarine Secondary Schools including Bellarine Secondary College, Catholic Regional College, Christian College Bellarine, Geelong High School and Newcomb Secondary College from 2005-2010.
The project encouraged teenagers to take ownership, control and suggest the best ways forward to address healthy eating, healthy bodies and physical activity. The students attending these schools were instrumental in running the project. They named the project, designed the logo and developed the action plan that reflected their concerns - such as limited access to healthy foods and more physical activity opportunities.
The students worked in partnership on a variety of levels with government and the local community to explore and create new opportunities to make healthier choices easier choices.
Students tracked their eating and physical activity habits around the clock for the project, as part of the Victorian Government's 'Go For Your Life' strategy.
The whole-of-community project aimed to:
The project was completed in 2010 and the results showed that it was a successful adolescent obesity prevention program, increasing the proportion of students in the healthy weight range.
Abstract adapted from Victorian Government
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