News & Media

30 March 2015

Health Champions Forum

More than 60 Latrobe Valley residents gathered at VRI Hall in Traralgon last week for a ‘Health Champions’ forum.

Shantel Morsink, LCHS Health Promotion Officer and Sam Fenton, teacher with the Health Department at Federation Training.
Shantel Morsink, LCHS Health Promotion Officer and Sam Fenton, teacher with the Health Department at Federation Training.

More than 60 Latrobe Valley residents gathered at VRI Hall in Traralgon last week for a ‘Health Champions’ forum.

The diverse group included teachers, dieticians, gym owners, gardeners and a range of other community members.

All had been nominated as ‘Health Champions’ – people who are helping the community to move more, eat well and connect with others.

The forum was an overwhelming success, according to Chris Rush, Manager Primary Prevention at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“We were aiming to celebrate the efforts of our community’s Health Champions, and to foster a sense of collaboration and potential. On both fronts the forum was a success,” said Ms Rush. “The room was filled with energy and potential.”

Participants in the forum worked in groups to map potential projects that would improve the health of the Latrobe Valley community.
“There are a lot of people in the community who care about bringing healthy change to Latrobe,” said one forum participant.

“There is a need to continue to work with the community to educate them on healthy lifestyle choices.”

Latrobe City mayor, Councillor Dale Harriman, said nominations for new Health Champions remain open. Successful nominees are provided with advice, support and events to inspire collaboration with like-minded peers.

“Our aim is to highlight the work our Health Champions are already doing, and encourage them to share their ideas with others who have shown an ability to get good ideas off the ground,”
Cr Harriman said.

People can nominate themselves, a friend, family member or colleague by visiting tiny.cc/healthchampion