Healthy Communities


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Healthy Communities Team

The Healthy Communities Team works with the community to prevent people from becoming ill. This is called health promotion. Our team focuses on creating towns that make it easy to be healthy. 

We work across the entire Bellarine Peninsula. There is a special focus on Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards, where health needs are greatest.  

Our projects involve making it easier for everyone to walk, cycle, eat well and prevent violence against women.

 

Eating Well

Eating well keeps us healthy.  There are many reasons people find it hard to eat well and many ways to make it easier.

We are working with others in our community on projects that will make it easier for people on the Bellarine Peninsula to:

  • Eat enough vegetables
  • Drink enough water
  • Drink less sugary drinks

We support local community-led projects, like:

  • Portarlington Food Assistance Program
  • Port Produce Market


Easy Walking, Cycling and Public Transport

Being active keeps us healthy. We are working toward making it easier for everyone to walk and cycle to places such as school, the shops or the bus stop.

To make it easier to walk, bike ride and catch the bus, we’re working with others on projects like:

  • The Bellarine Belles women’s bike riding group
  • No Fuss Bus program (teaching people how to use public transport)
  • Better footpaths, bike paths and public transport to make it easier, safer and more enjoyable to get around without a car

 

Healthy Places

We work with childcare settings, kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools across the Bellarine Peninsula to help make them healthy places for our children and young people.

This involves making changes such as healthy lunchboxes and canteen menus and meeting the benchmarks of the Achievement Program*.   We are working toward this goal for our workplace too. For more information about the Achievement Program please visit http://www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au/

*The Achievement Program is supported by the Victorian Government and delivered by Cancer Council Victoria.

 

Contact Us

If you want to know more about the Healthy Communities Team or any of our projects we would love to hear from you. Please call 5258 6140 or email  healthycommunities@bch.org.au