Challenging our health professionals to Make Healthy Normal and to address childhood obesity in primary care

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is inviting all health professionals to encourage their patients and our wider community to make healthy normal in their day-to-day lives.

With more than half of adults and more than one in five children in NSW being overweight or obese, we are living in an environment where unhealthy eating habits and a lack of physical activity have become ‘normal’.

The NSW Make Healthy Normal campaign has been developed to increase our awareness of overweight and obesity as a public health issue, and to motivate us to reassess our lifestyle choices so we can challenge our current perception of ‘normal’. The aim is to create a new, ‘healthy normal’ through small, easy steps we can take to lead healthier lives.

NSW Health also recently launched the Healthy Kids for Professionals program, which supports health professionals to routinely identify and manage children who are above a healthy weight and their families. A child’s weight is a complex and sensitive issue, which may be related to many factors that are not only medical but social, environmental and emotional. We are asking all health care professionals to identify children above a healthy weight and raise this important issue with parents.

The program website features a healthy weight calculator for children, new Body Mass Index for age percentile charts for boys and girls, helpful videos and resource materials to help families establish healthy habits.

Make Healthy Normal aims to encourage people to take small steps to become more healthy, such as swapping fried foods for fresh, drinking more water, adding fruit and veg to meals or simply sitting less and moving more! 

For more information, healthy tips and recipes and information about the support programs available, visit the Make Healthy Normal website:
www.makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au
Small Steps Can Make A Big Difference