Campbelltown City Council and the South Western Sydney Local Health District have partnered to deliver an exciting research project which aims to reduce the rates of childhood overweight and obesity in Campbelltown.
The Campbelltown - Changing Our Future research project is an initiative of Growing Healthy Kids in South West Sydney – the South Western Sydney Local Health District Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention and Management Action Plan 2017-2025, and both the project and the action plan were locally launched at Bradbury Oval today.
The focus on childhood obesity is in response to the Premier’s Priority to tackle childhood obesity, with the target of reducing childhood overweight and obesity rates by five per cent by 2025.
The action plan provides overall direction and guidance for a local response to childhood overweight and obesity, and includes trialling the Campbelltown – Changing Our Future research project which uses systems mapping to identify the specific local factors that contribute to childhood overweight and obesity, and a collective impact model to drive local action.
The project has produced promising results in rural Victoria. Campbelltown City will be the first community in NSW to trial the project, translating the approach into an urban setting.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said Growing Healthy Kids reflected Council’s commitment to facilitating positive health changes in our community.
“Council provides residents with opportunities to get fit and stay active through its many sporting and recreational facilities and programs, and supporting workshops which promote good nutrition,” he said.
“However, there is always more we can do to encourage a healthier community, and lifestyle.
“Council will work with the local health district and the wider community through Changing Our Future to develop new, local initiatives to provide a firm basis for a healthy future for the children of our growing and changing city.”
South Western Sydney Local Health District Director Health Promotion, Mandy Williams, said the action plan brought together health, Council, education and other key partners to facilitate change for children and young people in Campbelltown.
“More than one in five children in NSW are overweight or obese, and rates are even higher in areas in communities such as ours, with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, refugees, Aboriginal communities and vulnerable families,” she said.
“Growing Healthy Kids places us at the forefront of developing new, locally relevant, community-based initiatives to complement state-wide efforts, and we look forward to working with Council on a range of local strategies.”