Members from six local government areas came together on Wednesday to launch the Healthy Heart of Victoria 2019 Active Living Census.
The census will be made available online from May 20 to households within the City of Greater Bendigo and surrounding shires including Campaspe, Loddon and Mount Alexander.
The results of the census will help local councils, health agencies, sporting clubs and government departments to better plan, develop and enhance recreational facilities and health promotion services in the community.
In 2014, the City of Greater Bendigo launched the first Active Living Census.
More than 17,000 households participated, making it the largest survey conducted by the city.
It revealed that fewer than one in four residents reported undertaking 30 minutes of exercise each day and almost one in seven Greater Bendigo residents were at risk of short-term harm from alcohol consumption, which is drinking more than four standard drinks in one sitting.
Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the Loddon Campaspe region had some of the worst health outcomes in Victoria, with higher rates of smoking and poorer diet behaviours than other parts of the state.
The 2019 census is being funded by Healthy Heart of Victoria, an initiative of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership that aims to improve health outcomes for central Victorians.
“No other region in Australia will have this type of data, so it will put the Loddon Campaspe region in a powerful position to advocate for the region’s needs,” Cr O’Rourke said.
There will be a total of $12,000 in prizes up for grabs for those who take part in the census, including gift cards and sporting equipment.
The census will be available online at www.srcentre.com.au/ALC.