Jul 302012
Deborah Murray, Troy Austin and Tracey Evans celebrate their fun run achievement!

Deborah Murray, Troy Austin and Tracey Evans celebrate their fun run achievement!

It’s one thing to understand the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, but it’s another to be able to put them into practice. For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria’s Whittlesea area, hands-on learning holds the key to living longer.

‘Feedin’ the Mob’ gets the community involved in activities that draw on local culture to teach the benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle to teenagers, parents and carers, people living with chronic illness and Elders.

Run by Plenty Valley Community Health (PVCH) in partnership with the local community, the project includes a community garden, cooking classes and information-sharing about primary health care and chronic disease prevention.

Spreading the word throughout the community is important, and PVCH have organised several events as part of their ‘Feedin’ the Mob’ activities, including a NAIDOC lunch with community Elders to talk about health, the launch of a school kitchen garden, and a team fun run.

The fun run involved 19 community members as well as staff from the local gym and PVCH. It’s just one of the great, practical ways the organisation is getting local people involved in activities that will help them lead longer, healthier lives.

‘Feedin’ the Mob’ Project Facilitator, Laura Thompson, said the fun run event has built community enthusiasm for making positive changes to lifestyle behaviours that improve health.

“We had people walking and running 5 and 10 kilometer distances, many for the first time. Talk has already turned to a bigger and better event in conjunction with the Melbourne Marathon!”

See what other healthy activities Plenty Valley are cooking up by following them on their Facebook Feedin’ the Mob page or visit the Plenty Valley Community Health website to find out more about the organisation.