Residents in the Mitchell Shire and surrounds are invited to attend the RESPOND workshop in Seymour next month to learn about healthy eating and active habits for children.

The RESPOND workshop on October 11 will provide an opportunity to understand factors identified by local leaders that help and hinder children in Seymour and surrounding towns to eat healthy and be active.

Nexus Primary Health health and diversity team leader Cassi Stewart said she hoped the workshops would support the community in developing initiatives for children in the shire to prosper.

“We hope that we can encourage the northern Mitchell Shire community to rally together to help make healthy change and help children in our community grow healthy,” Ms Stewart said.

“We’ve seen some great results from neighbouring shires with the program and it’s now time for us to reset and support our local children to grow healthy.”

The program, a Deakin University led initiative, implements a systems thinking model of community consultation to consider the multitude of factors that play a role in the community’s health.

“Research shows that when we tailor health initiatives to the specific needs of the community and have support from community members, the outcomes are significantly greater than a one-size-fits-all approach,” Ms Stewart said.

The workshop will be from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday, October 11 at the Senior Citizens Club, 80 Anzac Avenue, Seymour.

People who would like to be involved can call Cassi Stewart from Nexus Primary Health on 1300 77 33 52 for more information.