Portland SEA Change Program Making Significant Progress

Tuesday, 7 April 2015
The `Portland SEA Change’ (Sustainable Eating and Activity Change) program is starting to make significant progress in improving the eating, fitness and lifestyle habits of local people.

Portland District Health is proud to be part of the program and is supporting initiatives to create a healthier local community.

PDH health promotion officer Lindy Stuchbery said the Sea Change steering group and task teams were making great progress.

One of the initiatives involves tapping into ABC Open which empowers communities to tell their stories.

Six community representatives from SEA Change are learning how to make short movies about healthy lifestyles in Portland. These will be uploaded to You Tube.

A Sea Change celebration is planned for mid-April when people who have been involved in the program will be invited to give a brief presentation on their activities.

This will help to celebrate and expand even further the impact these groups are having on their community,Ms Stuchbery said.

The celebration also aims to draw other groups and people into the program.

The project's task teams have been involved in a variety of tasks.

The healthy eating in school task team has held school community meetings about healthy lunch boxes, education about reading labels, a healthier focus on relief food and healthy breakfast options.

Students have also embraced the program; including making healthy chicken wraps to replace a school sausage sizzle.

The walk to water group is working with Glenelg Shire to audit drink fountains and look at what will be needed in the next few years.

The healthy food options task group is developing a 'how to plan a healthy barbecue booklet' that is being trialed by local Scouts.

SEA Change aims to bring together the community to find the best way to change the eating and exercise habits of local people.

PDH has supported the program by contributing to the 'SEA Change Steering Group' and task teams and signing up to Healthy Together Victoria's 'Achievement Program'. PDH is working in collaboration with Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care Partnership, Glenelg Shire Council and Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Services for the campaign.

People wishing to take part in the campaign can contact Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith 5522 1215 or Lindy Stuchbery 5522 1197 in the health promotion department at Portland District Health.

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