Obesity prevention initiatives

We're involved in several initiatives aimed at reducing obesity:
  1. Obesity Policy Coalition
  2. LiveLighter
  3. Rethink Sugary Drink
  4. Parents' Voice

Obesity Policy Coalition

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) was established in mid 2006 by Deakin University, Diabetes Australia – Vic, Cancer Council Victoria and VicHealth, and is housed at Cancer Council Victoria.

The OPC was established with the aim of influencing change in policy and regulation to support obesity prevention, particularly in Australian children.

For more information see www.opc.org.au


LiveLighter is a public health education campaign which encourages Victorians to lead healthier lives by changing what they eat and drink, and being more active.

Delivered by Cancer Council Victoria, in partnership with the Heart Foundation, LiveLighter is funded by the State Government.

For more information visit www.livelighter.com.au

Rethink Sugary Drink

Rethink Sugary Drink is a partnership between 12 health and community organisations working to raise awareness of the amount of sugar in sugary drinks and how regular consumption can lead to weight gain and associated health problems. Launched in 2013 by Cancer Council Australia, the Heart Foundation and Diabetes Australia, Rethink Sugary Drink wants to see comprehensive action by Australian governments, schools, non-government organisations and the wider community to encourage children and adults to reduce their sugary drink consumption.

For more information visit www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au

Parents' Voice

Parents’ Voice is an online network of parents who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children. Formally known as The Parents’ Jury, Parents’ Voice was formed in 2004 and now represents thousands of Australian parents. Parents’ Voice is supported by Diabetes Victoria, Cancer Council Australia, VicHealth, Bluearth and YMCA Australia.

Stay in touch with the work of Parents’ Voice by joining the movement and following Parents’ Voice on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For more information visit parentsvoice.org.au 

Other obesity prevention links

A range of organisations provide practical advice on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and body shape. They also provide advice on preventing or managing other health issues caused by overweight and obesity.

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Updated: 19 Jan, 2016