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#FRIDAYFOOD4THOUGHT Victoria’s Citizen’s Jury on Obesity, an initiative of VicHealth held in late 2015, called for a sugar tax as one of 20 ‘asks’ that could help make it easier for Victorians to choose healthier foods. The Jury wanted to see an increase of at least 20% on the purchase price of sugar-sweetened beverages to discourage consumption, with the revenue raised from any such food and beverage taxes earmarked to fund new health promotion initiatives. In addition, a VicHealth-Herald Sun reader poll last year found 72% of respondents would support a tax on unhealthy food and drinks if the taxes were used to make healthy foods cheaper. VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the UK sugar tax announcement provided a platform for State and Federal Governments to consider what action they can take in future to encourage healthy eating and prevent chronic disease.

“Sugar-sweetened drinks, including sports and energy drinks are the largest source of added sugars in the Australian diet and can lead to tooth decay and being overweight or obese, which increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers ,” Ms Rechter said. “We support action that encourages Victorians to choose healthier food and beverages and we welcome the discussion of this issue, which was supported by Victoria’s Citizen’s Jury on Obesity late last year.

“We will continue to work with government, business, food experts and the community sector to advance food policy, planning, reformulation and regulation.”

Check out for everything you need to know to you and your family lower your intake of added sugar.
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ARE YOU HEADING TO THE EAST GIPPSLAND FIELD DAYS TODAY AND SATURDAY? Make sure visit us at the ‘Health Precinct’ (F13-15). There's lots’ on display, fun activities for kids and loads of giveaways! You could also WIN a Fitbit, Juicer, 48" HD TV, giftcards and more!! [Conditions apply]

So drop by and say hi - fire off a few questions and learn about the free and low cost health and wellbeing services that may be available to you in your local area. #beinghealthtogether #eastgippslandfielddays #EGFD2016
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WE'RE BEING HEALTHY TOGETHER @ this year's East Gippsland Field Days!

Do you have a question for your local community health provider? Would you like to learn about free health services that may be available to you? Visit our ‘Health Precinct’ (F13-15) this Friday and Saturday where friendly staff from your local health and wellbeing services will be on hand to answer any questions. There is lots’ on display, fun activities for kids and loads of giveaways and chances to win a Fitbit, Juicer, 48" HD TV, giftcards and more!!
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CARING FOR COUNTRY KIDS: Alice Springs recently welcomed a first class line-up of Keynote speakers and delegates - including GLCH's very own Angela (Executive Manager of Community Health Services) and Lyn (Speech Pathologist extraordinaire) - at the ‘Caring for Country Kids’ conference. Angela and Lyn were two of 85 speakers presenting on topics such as closing the eHealth gap; rheumatic heart disease; disability; parenting in rural and remote areas; child and adolescent mental health; improving care for vulnerable children; children’s oral health; children’s nutrition; and young children and alcohol. Angela and Lyn presented our early intervention programs for preschool children, Active Lorikeets and Little Wrens.

Active Lorikeets and Little Wrens are programs developed by our fabulous team of allied health professionals and assistants. They deliver speech pathology and occupational therapy to pre-school children -assisting with their school readiness and improving access to our allied health services. School readiness is imperative to a child’s future and we have the evidence to support our programs assist in this area of development.

Both Active Lorikeets and Little Wrens have grown to become an example of excellence in service provision and workforce development; and have enabled us to become a pioneer in creating quality resources and training opportunities for other health services throughout Australia. These quality affordable early intervention programs can be delivered anywhere in Australia. By supporting paediatric healthcare services children will have greater access to the specialised healthcare they need. Want to know more about Active Lorikeets and Little Wrens? Contact us on 5155 8370 for more details.
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