Healthy food choices highlighted during visit

Ararat Rural City Mayor, Cr Paul Hooper (left) dietician Rhys Duncan (right) with Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Georgie Crozier MLC (centre). Picture: PETER PICKERING.

Ararat Rural City Mayor, Cr Paul Hooper (left) dietician Rhys Duncan (right) with Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Georgie Crozier MLC (centre). Picture: PETER PICKERING.

PARLIAMENTARY Secretary for Health, Georgie Crozier visited the East Grampians Health Service cafe  where an impressive approach to healthy eating is making it easier for people to identify healthy food.

Through a 'traffic light' approach, healthier choices are now clearly identified so caf and catering customers can easily select healthy options. This approach is very positive for the health service staff and visitors to the hospital and fits well with Healthy Together Grampians Goldfields approach to health and wellbeing.

"We know how important healthy options are and it is very pleasing to see that the strong partnerships developed through Healthy Together are resulting in healthy changes for the workforce and community," Ms Crozier said.

This is just one of the ways that Ararat is focusing on making a difference to the health of local residents.

Speaking to local leaders, Ms Crozier said it was outstanding to see leadership at the local level coming together in a system wide approach to improved health and wellbeing.

"You can see the community getting involved, walking the talk and inspiring others," said Ms Crozier.

Ararat Rural City Council has also recently achieved recognition through the Healthy Together Workplace Achievement Program and is leading the way towards promoting healthier lifestyles.

"Ararat Rural City has an important leadership role to play in preventative health," Mayor, Cr Paul Hooper said.

"While not a traditional role for us, we have been on a steep learning curve and are working closely with both traditional and non traditional partners in Health. This affects us all from an economic and community perspective. Council is proud of the role that the whole of community are playing in improving overall health and wellbeing outcomes for everyone."

Ms Crozier said Ararat Rural City is to be congratulated for achieving this significant milestone.

"Ararat is leading by example, not only for other Victorian local governments, but also for local workplaces, and the wider Victorian community," she said.

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