We know from the 2019 Greater Bendigo Active Living Census that only 48.0% of adults in Greater Bendigo eat the recommended serves of fruit each day and that only 12.9% meet the recommended serves of vegetables.
1 in 10 households (9.6%) in Greater Bendigo are food insecure – they do not have enough to eat. In some areas, this increased to 1 in 5 households in the 12 months prior to the census.
When people do not have enough food, it affects all aspects of daily life and can severely restrict economic, social and educational participation in the community.
The information also indicated 57.3% of adults meet physical activity guidelines and a majority of people in Greater Bendigo want to be more physically active. Overall, 52.9% of Greater Bendigo respondents aged 3 years and over indicated they had not been involved in physical activity as often as they would have liked. Barriers include:
- being too busy
- poor health and
- lack of social support
1 in 5 people expressed that they do not feel valued by society. This can lead to low self-esteem, reduced community engagement and poor health outcomes.
This data helps us to understand some of the barriers we need to address to improve health and wellbeing.
By working together, we can address the barriers that are within our power to change at a local level, and we can advocate to the State and Federal Government to address those that are within their power to change. In this way, we can create a Healthy Greater Bendigo.