A new initiative from the government of Victoria will see more than $100 million in funding channelled toward the fight against obesity.
State minister David Davis announced the funding last Friday (December 16) as part of a new partnership that will see a customised health plan developed for 14 communities across Victoria.
If it is successful, the new Prevention Community Model will be tailored and rolled out to other municipalities across the state.
Davis asserts that an estimated 1.3 million people stand to benefit from the scheme, which will focus on nearly 1,500 businesses, as well as 520 schools and nearly 1,000 early childhood services.
In addition to fighting obesity, the project will focus on addressing the risk factors associated with preventable chronic illnesses, including alcohol misuse, smoking, physical inactivity and poor nutrition.
"Programs will … target adults who have tapered off their health and fitness, and encourage them to take the steps needed to restore their lifestyle and wellbeing," said Davis.
Your private health insurance cover may also help you work towards preventative health goals through wellness programs and online health assessment tools and calculators.
For example, your fund may provide assistance and advice for people living with diabetes, osteoporosis or asthma, among many other conditions.