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VicHealth eUpdate: 18 January 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: physical activity, public health, newsletter, nutrition, obesity, health promotion


Embracing a new start

Welcome to our first VicHealth Update for 2017. We’ll be bringing you our latest health promotion news throughout the year, including updates on innovative projects and new grant rounds.

If you’re still recovering from the holiday period, we’ve got some great ideas for making this year your year.

Visit our Be Healthy page for tips on keeping active and healthy.

You can also take a look at our top rated Healthy Living Apps and see which ones can help you reach your health goals.


Win a subscription to Melbourne’s hottest new active arts game

Played over two months on the streets of Melbourne, Outside: The Cloud is a game that takes place online and in the physical world. Each week a new episode is released consisting of documents and videos that will be hidden online, and passcodes that are concealed in the real world.

Enter for your chance to win a 2-month subscription for you and a friend valued at $100.

Outside: The Cloud is the latest offering from Pop Up Playground - Australia’s leading live games company - and is supported through VicHealth’s Innovation Challenge: Arts.

In case you missed it... 2016 Walk to School attracts record numbers

An unprecedented number of schools signed up for VicHealth’s annual Walk to School. Last October, 144,928 Victorian school students participated from 758 schools. They collectively walked 1.6 million kilometres – equivalent to walking approximately 112 times around Australia or two return trips to the moon!

Supporting the WBBL

The second season of the Women’s Big Bash League is underway, with 12 matches being broadcast on Network Ten during primetime. VicHealth has partnered with the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades to help raise the profile of women’s sport in Australia.

Note to our readers:

The VicHealth Update issue of 9th November 2016 contained a news item and link to the ANROWS national study on intimate partner violence and connecting this violence to the health burden experienced by women. We used an abbreviated headline 'Intimate partner violence highest health risk for Australian women'. We are republishing this news item with the revised headline 'Intimate partner violence highest health risk for Australian women aged 18 to 44' to clarify to our readers the age range for whom the disease burden is highest.

Intimate partner violence highest health risk for Australian women aged 18 to 44

New research published by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has revealed that intimate partner violence affects one in three Australian women from the age of 15. This violence includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

The research found intimate partner violence contributes an estimated 5.1 percent to the disease burden in Australian women aged 18-44 years. This is higher than the risk factors for tobacco use, high cholesterol or use of illicit drugs.

It was also found that this is the greatest contributor to the health gap between women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and women from non-Indigenous backgrounds.

VicHealth in the news

Read more news on the VicHealth website.


Obesity and healthy eating in Australia

One in four Victorian adults are now obese, with that number set to rise dramatically if current trends continue. This evidence summary examines these trends and contributing factors such as health inequities. It provides information on how best to improve healthy eating patterns and reducing the burden of obesity and diet-related diseases across the population.

Read the evidence summary on obesity and healthy eating in Australia.

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Get Into Cardio Tennis on-court at the Australian Open

Dates: 22nd and 24th January 2017
Location: Melbourne

Try your hand at Cardio Tennis on the court at Melbourne Park during the Australian Open.

Monash University Health Promotion Short Course

Dates: 21st to 24 February 2017
Location: Melbourne

This course introduces participants to health promotion concepts, frameworks and core skills.

Register today for the Monash University Health Promotion Short Course.

VicHealth logo.VicHealth is the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health.

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