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About Us

Vision statement

South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) has developed the Growing Healthy Kids in South Western Sydney action plan as a strategic approach to the prevention and management of childhood overweight and obesity. This plan will provide an opportunity for agencies and communities across South Western Sydney to work together on a wider range of actions.

The target is to reduce childhood overweight and obesity rates over the next five years (to 2025).


Headline Initiatives

Growing Healthy Kids aims to:

  • Engage the parents of young children in their homes and communities
  • Create healthier physical activity and food environments
  • Reach multicultural, Aboriginal and other communities in need
  • Provide weight-management advice and services

What We Currently Do

  • Partner with schools and centre-based childcare services
  • Extensive implementation of Munch and Move and Live Life Well@School (LLW@school)
  • Encourage schools to adopt the Healthy School Canteen Strategy
  • Develop and resource food security initiatives – e.g. school breakfast programs
  • 'Students as Lifestyle Activists (SALSA)' trial in 3 secondary schools

What We Propose To Do

  • Engage participating families of young children who use Family Day Care services in an enhanced healthy eating, active living intervention
  • Promote availability of water in secondary schools
  • Implement SALSA in more secondary schools (based on trial results)
  • Work with local sporting organisations to increase participation rates of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in organised sports and recreation 
  • Before and after school care healthy eating and active living practices

What We Will Do

  • Promote adoption of 'harder to implement' Munch and Move and LLW@School practices in school and childcare settings
  • Trial of Physical Activity 4 Everyone (PA4Everyone) in secondary schools 
  • Participate in Active Travel study in secondary school
  • Support implementation of the statewide Family Day Care (FDC) healthy eating and active living program
  • Revised school canteen initiative (Department of Education (DoE)
  • Encourage participation in Premier’s Sporting Challenge (DoE)
  • Ongoing implementation of the Wellbeing Framework for Schools (DoE)) Sporting schools (Australian Sports Commission)
  • Expanded implementation of Finish with the right stuff (ADF)
  • Trial Healthy Food Policy in sports settings (Office of Sport)