Western Sydney has one of the youngest populations in NSW - and with the help of the Western Sydney community we can make it one of the healthiest.
However, our current research tells us we still have work to do with 1 in 4 (24.5%) NSW children and adolescents being overweight or obese.
Contributing to this issue of weight are the underlying nutrition and physical activity behaviours of children including:
We want to support families as best we can - children who are a healthy weight have a much greater chance of becoming adults of a healthy weight.
- Our Approach
The Western Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Team takes a range of evidence-based programs into homes, schools, early childhood and the community. Our aim is to contribute to the NSW Premier’s Priority of reducing overweight and obesity levels in NSW children by 5 per cent by 2025. While the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children has stabilised, it remains high and is still a cause for concern, particularly among some sections of the population.
Our approach to childhood obesity caters to children from birth to teenagers and focuses on three key areas: healthy eating, physical activity and less time on screens. We’re getting great results… and with your involvement, we’ll get more. Currently, there are around 130 schools participating in Live Life Well @ School; over 400 early childhood education and care services participating in Munch & Move; and over 1600 families have participated in Go4Fun.
The Healthy Children’s Initiative in western Sydney is supported by the NSW Government’s Office of Preventative Health, and is part of Western Sydney Local Health District’s push to create healthy communities in western Sydney and beyond.
- Our Programs
Our healthy kids programs offers professional development, support and resources for educators and health professionals as well as practical resources for families to help create healthy, happy kids – and through them, a better western Sydney.
- Our Team
Our team at western Sydney is comprised of a range of health professionals from different backgrounds and expertise such as dietitians, teachers, exercise scientists and health promotion professionals.
- Our Other Services
The Western Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Unit (HPU) develops, implements and evaluates other programs in Western Sydney that improve and maintain the health of our community. The HPU also maintains key health partnerships with Local Government, TAFE and University of Western Sydney.
NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) 2015
New South Wales Child Health Survey 2009-2010