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Nominations have just opened for the 2017 VicHealth Awards, and Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell is encouraging entries from the Greater Shepparton and Moira communities.
“The VicHealth Awards are the state’s highest accolade for health promotion and a great platform to have health promotion work, from small imaginative local projects to high profile state-wide campaigns, recognised and celebrated by the health promotion sector and wider community,” Ms Lovell said.
“The awards celebrate innovative health research, projects and promotions that work to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of Victorians, and I know a lot of good work is being done here in the Greater Shepparton and Moira areas.
“I would love to see some of our local, innovative projects being nominated for awards, and I encourage the local community to nominate projects they think are worthy.”
This year marks 30 years since VicHealth was established as the world’s first health promotion foundation, so it’s an extra special occasion for VicHealth to acknowledge all of the outstanding health promotion work that’s taken place in Victoria over the last 12 months.
The award categories for 2017 are:
•    Promoting healthy eating
•    Encouraging physical activity
•    Preventing tobacco use
•    Preventing harm from alcohol
•    Improving mental wellbeing
•    Communications in health promotion
•    Building health through sports
•    Building health through arts
•    Improving health equity
•    Research into action
Nominations should be submitted online at where the full entry criteria is outlined.
Entries are invited from state and local governments, health agencies, non-government, not-for-profit and private sector organisations.
Nominations close 5pm Friday August 4.

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