Healthy children equal healthy families

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Moonee Valley City Council is helping improve children’s health and wellbeing through a new initiative at our kindergartens and child care centres after discovering only one in 10 children in Moonee Valley are getting their recommended intake of fruit and vegies.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Andrea Surace said the new Health Tracker project aimed to improve the health of community members by teaching children important health messages at a young age.

“Results are already beginning to show. As key influencers in their family, children are taking their learnings home and instilling healthy eating messages within their family,” Cr Surace said.

“This has not only helped improve the health of their family who are then carrying those healthy messages on into practice but it is also setting up good habits for the future.”

Since the Health Tracker project began, parents have reported that their children have influenced the food their family eats, describing food items as “sometimes food” and “everyday food”. Children have also been auditing their lunchbox contents and snacks both at kindergarten and at home.

Portfolio holder for Community Wellbeing, Cr Jim Cusack, said the project is helping ensure children in Moonee Valley have the best start in life.

“Research conducted by Council through the Municipal Profile last year found that only 10.9 per cent of children in Moonee Valley eat the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables,” Cr Cusack said. 

“Likewise only one in three 10-year-olds do at least an hour of physical activity each day. This declines to just one in five 13-year-olds and one in eight 16-year-olds.”

According to the research, children shouldn’t be sedentary or inactive for more than one hour at a time during the hours they’re awake as there is a known connection between physical and psychological health, poor physical health and decreased performance at school.

For more information about the program, visit the Health Tracker page.

Media enquiries:
Sarah Schwager, Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 8813; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 11:10 PM