Summit tackles obesity
THE first ever Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Summit was held in Ballina on Thursday, promoting working together to create environments that encourage healthy eating and active living.
More than 80 people from across government and nongovernment agencies, councils, education, health services, sport and fitness, community services and farmers’ markets attended the summit in Ballina.
The summit, organised by the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Health Promotion Unit, as part of a broader Healthy Communities project to tackle growing rates of overweight and obesity.
Since 1985, the proportion of Australian children who are overweight has doubled and the prevalence of obesity trebled.
NNSWLHD Health Promotion Manager Jillian Adams said it is alarming that two thirds of Australian adults are now overweight or obese.
“For the first time in the modern era, our children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
“The rise in childhood and adult obesity is causing unprecedented levels of heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease and increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease and cancer.”