Why did VicHealth create the Future Healthy initiative?
Evidence shows that young people (0-25) have been greatly impacted by the events that began in 2020.
The indirect effects of COVID-19 will be intergenerational, so we must support our young people now and help foster healthier outcomes for future generations.
How do we know what young people want?
Because we asked them.
- We called for stories from the Victorian community.
- We sought Community Champions to share their own stories and ideas to help shape solutions.
- We ran community listening sessions and published the results in a report.
All these steps helped us gather insights on how young Victorians think about issues such as eating well, being active, mental wellbeing and social connection.
Young people told us what they need:
Timely access to appropriate information and education.
Feeling empowered, represented and safe.
Access to opportunities and resources.
Access to healthy natural environments.
Being able to afford the resources and activities that support them.
Having suitable and affordable transport available.
Access to health and community services that meet their needs.
Better access to technology and positive ways to use it.
Learning from the pandemic and promoting the importance of wellbeing.