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Benalla a healthy town

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February 11, 2017

Benalla Rural City residents reported significantly greater wellbeing than all Victorians.

General wellbeing

Benalla Rural City residents reported significantly greater wellbeing than all Victorians.

Residents gave their wellbeing an average score of 79.6 out of 100, compared with the Victorian average of 77.3.

There has been no significant change in subjective wellbeing for Benalla between the 2007, 2011 and 2015 surveys.**

Life satisfaction measures how people evaluate their life as a whole.

When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from zero to 10, residents of Benalla reported an average score of 8.

This is similar to the Victorian life satisfaction average score of 7.8.

Safety

Most (95.4 per cent) Benalla residents agreed that they felt safe walking alone during the day, which is similar to the Victorian estimate (92.5 per cent).

Just under six out of 10 (57.7 per cent) Benalla residents agreed that they felt safe walking alone in their local area after dark, which is similar to the Victorian estimate (55.1 per cent).

There has been no significant change in perceptions of safety for Benalla between the 2007, 2011 and 2015 surveys.**

Mental wellbeing

The mental wellbeing indicators were level of resilience, indicators of neighbourhood connection and trust, and attitudes to gender equality in relationships.

Benalla residents reported an average resilience score of 6.5 out of 8.

This is similar to Victorian residents, who reported an average resilience score of 6.4.

The proportion of Benalla residents who agreed that people in their neighbourhood are willing to help each other out was 83.8 per cent, significantly more than the Victorian estimate (74.1 per cent).

Just over three-quarters (76.1 per cent) of residents felt that they live in a close-knit neighbourhood, significantly more than the Victorian estimate (61.0 per cent).

A significantly larger proportion of Benalla residents agreed that people in their neighbourhood can be trusted (80 per cent), compared to the proportion of Victorians who agreed (71.9 per cent).

Physical activity

Physical activity indicators were number of days of being physically active for at least half an hour (specifically, zero days = inactive; four or more days = adequately active), indicators of type of organised and non-organised physical activity, and an indicator for sedentary behaviour at work.

Compared to all Victorians, a similar proportion of Benalla residents engaged in no physical activity during the week (20.3 per cent, Victoria = 18.9 per cent).

A similar proportion of Benalla residents engaged in physical activity four or more days per week compared with the Victorian estimate (46 per cent, Victoria = 41.3 per cent).

The three most popular non-organised physical activities in Benalla were walking (58.7 per cent), cycling (8.8 per cent), and jogging or running (6.4 per cent).

Healthy eating

Healthy eating indicators were vegetable, fruit and water consumption, as well as frequency of take-away meals and snacks.

Benalla residents ate an average of 2.4 serves of vegetables per day, which is similar to the Victorian average of 2.2.

Benalla residents reported eating an average of 1.6 serves of fruit each day, which is the same as the Victorian average.

On average, Benalla residents drank 4.7 cups of water per day.

This is significantly lower than the Victorian average of 5.4.

Alcohol

Alcohol indicators included risk of short-term harm from alcohol consumption (five drinks or more on a single occasion), very high risk of short-term harm from alcohol consumption (11 or more drinks on a single occasion) and respondents’ attitude towards getting drunk to the point of losing balance.

Sixteen per cent of Benalla residents were identified as being at risk of short-term harm from alcohol in a given month, significantly lower than the Victorian estimate (29.4 per cent).

Compared to all Victorians, a similar proportion of Benalla residents were identified as being at very high risk of short-term harm each month (5.5 per cent, Victoria = 9.2 per cent).

Just over one in five (20.6 per cent) residents living in Benalla agreed that getting drunk every now and then was okay.

This is similar to the proportion of Victorians who agreed (27.9 per cent).

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