Childhood Obesity & Family Wellbeing Project
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EAT MOVE LIVE - This project assists families who are involved with Home-Start to increase their knowledge and practical skills of how to provide healthy and affordable food, and easy, fun, physical exercise for the whole family.

Coordinators and volunteers provide support and encouragement to use the EAT MOVE LIVE mobile site of simple, healthy, cheap ideas for meals, snacks and good nutrition, when planning, shopping and cooking for the family. Families also attend group cooking sessions, and learn easy, fun ways to increase every day physical movement that children and adults can enjoy together.

EAT MOVE LIVE days - fun days for the whole community with information about good nutrition, a balanced diet, exercise and appropriate levels of activity, as well as where to find other groups, activities and services related to healthy kids, adults and families, eg. community gardens, neighbourhood centres, sports clubs, etc

Current research indicates:

*1 in 4 school aged children (Booth et al, 2006) and 1 in 5 preschoolers (Wake et al, 2006) in Australia are overweight or obese; 

*childhood obesity rates in Australia are not only increasing but accelerating, as is Type 2 diabetes in children and adults, and associated heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnoea and mental health issues such as depression;

*social conditions associated with low income and lower levels of education have an impact on people’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes (Dr Ian White, National Policy Manager, Diabetes Australia, January 2009). 

*Preschoolers in the lowest fifth of the population for social disadvantage have nearly 50% higher odds of being in a heavier body mass index (BMI) category compared to those in the top fifth of the population (Wake et al, 2006).

Home-Start is in a unique position in that volunteers are already trusted by the families they home visit each week 

If you would like more information about this project or receiving support, becoming a volunteer, referral, starting a Home-Start Program in your area, or you would like to make a donation to help Home-Start continue it’s work with families and children, please call or email your local Home-Start scheme, or call our National office on:
Phone: 02 49529488 
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UPDATE: Our first Reference Group meeting for EAT MOVE LIVE was held, with representatives from relevant industries and the community, including someone from Fitness, IT, Community Gardens, Nutrition and a current Home-Start volunteer, family and co-ordinator.

A PRESS RELEASE HAS BEEN SENT TO ALL REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS IN THE AREAS COVERED BY HOME-START:  

NEWCASTLE POST 5.6.12

New resource designed to break the cycle of family obesity in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Childhood obesity rates continue to escalate with around 25 per cent of Australian children now overweight or obese compared to five per cent in the 1960s*. To help reverse this trend and break the cycle of family obesity, Hunter-based Home-Start Family Services and nib foundation have partnered to develop the Eat, Move, Live project for families living in East Lake Macquarie and Newcastle

The project will assist struggling families in the region by increasing their knowledge and practical skills to provide healthy and affordable food, and easy, fun, physical exercise for the whole family.

Home-Start Family Services CEO, Marilyn Barnes, said the project arose following demand from families for practical help and resources to allow them to make changes in their eating and exercise habits.

“The project will feature a printed and online resource full of simple, healthy, affordable ideas for meals, snacks and good nutrition. It will also include straight-forward, entertaining ways to increase physical movement for both children and adults,” Ms Barnes said.

“In addition, Home-Start’s network of 400 volunteers will visit families weekly to provide hands-on assistance and demonstrate how to implement the ideas in the home,” she added.

Group cooking sessions and Eat, Move, Live days will also be held in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and an additional 20 local communities throughout New South Wales and Victoria, helping to increase awareness of good nutrition, a balanced diet and regular activity in the broader community.

nib foundation Chairman, Terry Lawler, said providing families with better education and awareness of good nutrition and activity habits will help them to make positive decisions regarding their health leading to improved emotional and physical outcomes.

“Many parents find it difficult to make affordable and nutritional meals for their families. This resource will help provide easy to follow recipes that won’t break the family budget,” Mr Lawler said.

“By making these resources available free-of-charge we are providing families the opportunity to make simple changes in their lifestyles that will significantly improve their health.”

The Eat, Move Live resource will be available at www.homestartaustralia.org

Breaking the fat cycle Eat, move, live family project

BY NATHALIE CRAIG

Myall Coast Nota, 20 Jun, 2012 12:00 AM

IN AN attempt to break the cycle of family obesity Home-Start Family Services will introduce the Eat, Move, Live project to families in the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest area.

The program, funded by the nib foundation, aims to assist disadvantaged families by increasing their knowledge and practical skills in relation to healthy food and eating.

Home-Start Family Services CEO Marilyn Barnes said the project arose following demand from families for help and resources to allow them to make changes in their eating and exercise habits.

The project will feature printed and online resources of simple, healthy, affordable ideas for meals, snacks and good nutrition.

Home-Start's volunteers will also visit families weekly to provide hands-on assistance and demonstrate how to implement the ideas in the home.

Group cooking sessions and Eat, Move, Live days are also set to be held in Tea Gardens Hawks Nest starting in September.

Nib foundation chairman Terry Lawler said many parents found it difficult to make affordable and nutritional meals for their families.

"This resource will help provide easy to follow recipes that won't break the family budget," he said.

The Eat, Move, Live resource will be available at www.homestartaustralia.org from July. Anyone interested in participating in the program can phone Home-Start Family Services on 4952 9488.


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