Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has called on the Geelong community to support the Cotton On `Run Geelong’ on Sunday by participating in either the walk or run.
“Just like Run Ballarat and the Melbourne Marathon, I will be running in Run Geelong.
“It’s important that the `more people, more active, more often’ motto is not just a neat tag, but a reality. Exercise and a good diet are essential tools for preventative health care,” Mr Ramsay said.
Mr Ramsay said that with the rising incidence of diabetes and obesity in our regions, it is critical that communities be more active and health conscious.
“The Napthine Government recognizes that the best investment in health care is preventative healthcare and millions of dollars have been allocated to local government areas like Geelong as part of the Healthy Together Victoria programs.
“$127 million has been committed to an expansion of this program and others to tackle obesity and chronic disease,” said Mr Ramsay.
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic diseases in the world. Obesity is also on the increase in Victoria, with the number of obese rising from 13.9 per cent in 2003 to 17.3 per cent in 2011-12.
The increased use of drugs, particularly ICE, in regional Victoria may indicate that there is a depreciating sense of wellbeing. The Napthine Government has reacted quickly with $2.5 million in grants to help communities develop action plans to tackle the incidence and harms of drugs like ICE.
“The Geelong Region is blessed with beautiful beaches, national parks and walking and cycling tracks and it is beholden on us to actively enjoy our hinterland, and in doing so, look after our health.”
Mr Ramsay congratulated Cotton On, and other sponsors, for holding Run Geelong, and raising money for the Geelong Health Services.
“I encourage the wider Geelong community to join me on Sunday to be part of the fun and activity that is an important step in developing a healthy body and healthy mind. This vital combination is so important in a society that is now struggling with low levels of fitness and good health.
“Turning to drugs, and a lack of exercise and excessive food consumption, are putting more pressure on the health systems”.