Healthy Together Victoria and the Geelong Cats (31.08.2013)
Written on the 31 August 2013
The Geelong Football Club has taken a lead in the jointly funded, Healthy Together Victoria initiative and signed up to the Healthy Together Achievement Program. I was delighted to join the Premier, Dr Denis Napthine and Cats CEO, Brian Cook at the announcement with the Geelong Cats this week.
Healthy Together Victoria is a State initiative that will deliver both Victoria-wide and targeted community level investments in chronic disease prevention. At an individual level, it is designed to encourage and support people in making healthy eating choices. At a community level the programme will encourage healthier lifestyles and ultimately, the prevention of related diseases.
Preventing illness and improving health and wellbeing is a major challenge requiring specific action and a collective effort. To achieve sustained reductions in the growth of preventable chronic diseases, and to create lasting improvements in the health and wellbeing of people and communities, we need a prevention system that is coordinated, responsive, sustainable, and that complements our healthcare system.
Victoria is at the forefront in leading reform in prevention and early detection and has invested in a range of prevention initiatives targeting specific areas such as tobacco control, obesity, physical activity, sexual health, heart disease, cancer screening and skin cancer prevention.
As we recognise the importance of influencing the social, environmental, and behavioural factors that determine health, Victoria is also participating in the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health.