HOW DID GENR8 CHANGE BEGIN?
Based on the data collected in 2015, the partnership between Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership and Deakin University continued to evolve as a community led intervention was built according to best available evidence. Taking some key learnings from SEA Change Portland and the evidence available, GenR8 Change - Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice - was developed under the following guiding principles;
- Children centered: Evidence indicated the only successful community led interventions have been those centered on addressing obesity in children.
- Multi-strategy, multi-level approach: One single program and idea is not going to create sustainable change. We need multiple people and organisations making changes within different environments to embed sustainable change.
- Whole of System thinking: GenR8 Change involves the whole community, and considers all factors influencing our food and physical activity choices. It isn't about trying to change individual behaviours; it's about creating an environment that supports healthy choices to be easy choices.
- Not a project and not funded: GenR8 Change does not have an end point. This isn't a project so it is not funded, and it won't just stop. It’s all about utilising existing community and agency capacity under a collective impact framework to create and embed sustainable change.
Fantastic changes have been implemented within the Southern Grampians Community since October 2015 - you can read about these here.