Release date: Tue, 9th, Feb. 2016

Ballarat has a higher rate of obesity compared with the rest of Victoria and the Mayor of Ballarat wants this to change.
Kick-starting the New Year with a new healthy lifestyle and a new hashtag, Mayor of Ballarat Des Hudson is on a journey to improve his health and fitness and encourage others to do the same.
“Being committed to #fitmayor2016 has really helped me be a healthy role model to my children and to the Ballarat community,” Mayor Hudson said.
“The response has been great and I have been supported by lots of people who are on the same journey to lose weight and get fit. We are helping each other.”
Ballarat Community Health (BCH) CEO Robyn Reeves is thrilled that Mayor Hudson is putting a spotlight on how we can all make small changes to our health.
“What Mayor Hudson is doing is a great reminder for us all. We all need these reminders to get some perspective on what isn’t working and how we can change it,” Reeves said.
“Get outside, walk a bit more, eat a bit better. It isn’t rocket science but it does make a difference. Not just to waistlines but to mood and energy levels too.”
Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW), runs in February each year and is an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia. The aim of the campaign is straight-forward: to encourage more Australians to cook at home as a way to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
BCH will be running a number of events from 15-21 February as part of our commitment to Healthy Weight Week. A healthy cooking demonstration will be held at Lucas on Monday 15 February. To find out more visit http://bchc.org.au or our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ballaratcommunityhealth/?ref=hl

Lauren Wall
Ballarat Community Health
0416770010