Bruthen Workshop on Oct. 9 Seeks Solutions to Obesity Problem in East Gippsland

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More and more children in our community are becoming overweight and obese.

A coalition of local health organisations is focused on finding solutions.

The Bruthen workshop on Oct. 9 is your chance to be a part of change and help develop key action ideas.

Health professionals, parents, kids and advocates keen to do something about our community’s rising rates of obesity in children are invited to attend an event at the Bruthen Mechanics Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the latest in a series of community workshops over the past few months that identified local causes and consequences of overweight and obesity for children.

Learn more and register for the workshop at this Eventbrite link.

TIME: 5:15 – 8 p.m.
PLACE: Bruthen Mechanics Hall, 49 Main St Bruthen.
Dinner provided.

The East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership spearheads the initiative, “Understanding the Story – It’s Time for Action: Childhood Overweight and Obesity in East Gippsland,” and they are hoping to involve all local people that are interested in combating the problem.

“Overweight and obesity in children is a complex issue, and there needs to be tailored actions across East Gippsland,” says East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership’s Jaquie Nethercote. “This issue requires a collaborative, community driven approach.”

BRHS is excited to be involved in the effort to stimulate community leadership, engagement and ownership of an issue that is fast becoming one of Australia’s most pressing public health crises.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey showed that two thirds (67.0%) of Australian adults were overweight or obese (12.5 million people), an increase from 63.4% in 2014-15.

The same survey also indicated that almost one quarter (24.9%) of children aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese in 2017-18 (17% overweight and 8.1% obese).

The Bruthen workshop on Oct. 9 is your chance to be a part of change and help develop key action ideas.

Andrew Brown of the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University will be the keynote speaker at the event.

For more information, and to register, visit the workshop’s Eventbrite page or email