Physical Activity, Healthy Eating & Oral Health

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating statistics amongst those aged 18 years and over (2008)
 Victoria
%
Central Goldfields
%
Macedon Ranges
%
Mount Alexander
%
Sufficient physical activity times and sessions60.361.864.468.2
Overweight39.9 (M)
24.2 (F)
32.0 (M)
24.5 (F)
40.3 (M)
31.6 (F)
42.4 (M)
22.4 (F)
Obese17.3 (M)
16.1 (F)
21.7 (M)
20.7 (F)
20.3 (M)
18.6 (F)
16.4 (M)
21.9 (F)
2 or more serves of fruit per day48.646.854.355.6
5 or more serves of vegetables per day7.79.39.610
Hospital admission rates for tooth decay amongst children aged 0-4 years 2007-2012
 Victoria
%
Central Goldfields
%
Macedon Ranges
%
Mount Alexander
%
2007-20085.212.24.25.4
2011-20124.811.37.35.9

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Being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk of developing several chronic conditions including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain cancers. Regular exercise (30 minutes at least five times per week) can help to maintain a healthy body weight and decreases the likelihood of developing chronic conditions including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and certain cancers.

Healthy Eating and Oral Health Promotion

Consuming two servings of fruit (a serving is approximately one medium sized piece of fruit, such as an apple or a banana) and eating at least five servings of vegetables (half a cup of cooked vegetables or one cup of salad) can protect against some chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, dementia and certain cancers.

Oral health is important for general health and wellbeing. Poor oral health is associated with cardiovascular disease, respiratory illnesses, oral cancers, diabetes, and dementia. Data suggests that oral health conditions are the most common cause of preventable hospitalisation in Victorians aged 0-19 years. Tooth decay is the leading cause of dental Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs or hospital admissions) in children.

 

For more local data in relation to physical activity, healthy eating and oral health promotion within the CVPCP catchment please refer to the CVPCP Community Profile Health Behaviours document. Please also see the Dental Health Services Victoria Oral Health profiles for each shire (CGS, MAS, and MRS).

The Central Victorian PCP operational plan can be found here.

Networks

There are several regional and local shire networks of service providers, working together to address local issues related to Prevention and Health Promotion. For a list of these networks click here.

Websites and other resources

The Better Health Channel (Application available for Android and Apple devices)

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Dental Health Services Victoria

The Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program

Smiles4Miles

Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles

FoodSwitch App (Android and Apple devices)

Well for Life – improving nutrition & physical activity for older people at home

Local directories

Central Goldfields Shire Leisure Services Guide 2012

Macedon Ranges Shire Community and Business Directory

Mount Alexander Shire Community Directory 2014

Get Connected Mount Alexander Shire brochure produced by Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local (2014)

Getting out in Mount Alexander Healthy Active Living Guide 2014

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