Ground-breaking new investment encourages Hawthorn’s young people to co-create a healthier future

The future just got even brighter for young people in Hawthorn following the announcement of VicHealth’s new initiative focused on creating a healthier future for Victoria’s young people.

As coronavirus continues to affect the health and wellbeing of young people, Future Healthy will invest $45million in new programs over 3 years to support people aged 0-25 to begin to build back better: to reconnect socially and safely, get active, and access and enjoy good food.

This month, VicHealth is encouraging Hawthorn’s young people to join thousands of others across the state in developing this healthier vision together. The projects delivered through Future Healthy will then be created in direct response to the ideas and needs that young people share.

Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy MP said the initiative would contribute positively to the health of future generations.

“Future Healthy will give young people and grassroots community organisations across Hawthorn the opportunity to contribute towards a vision where no young person is denied a future that is healthy.

“The initiative is a fantastic way to support young people and parents and carers in Hawthorn, regardless of their bank balance, background or ability, to share their ideas for a healthier Victoria.

“Protecting our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so we’re thrilled to be able to give young people in Hawthorn the tools and agency to envision a future that supports their health and wellbeing,” John Kennedy MP said.

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said the unprecedented health promotion investment comes after what has been an incredibly challenging 18 months, particularly for young people.

“The ongoing and often indirect impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have continued to weigh on the mental and physical health and wellbeing of Victoria’s young people” Dr Demaio said.

“They have told us that social connection, access to healthy food and having somewhere near home to be active are incredibly important to them – so is having their voices heard.

“The first phase of Future Healthy is about listening – we’re asking people aged 18-25 and parents and carers to join us in creating the solutions together that will promise a healthier future for all. We’ll be listening and learning as you share with us what we need to do to make happier, healthier living a reality for every young person.”

Get involved in Future Healthy: If you’re a young person in Victoria aged 18-25, or a parent or carer in Hawthorn with kids aged 0-17, share your experiences, challenges and ideas about what a healthy future means to you and your community at

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