More than 14 Million Australians
are overweight or obese.

Obesity is now the leading cause
of premature death and illness
in Australia

We can change that.

We can #BeTheLast generation to deal with this issue at this scale. We can #BeTheLast generation to have serious conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure caused by excess weight.

Find out about weight and health

#BeTheLast 2016

Our first ever #BeTheLast campaign has come to an end. Thanks to hundreds of Australians, it was a big success; we're now one step closer to becoming the last generation to deal with obesity at scale.

Tackling obesity may seem like a huge task, but if every single Australian makes a small, positive change to their personal health, it all adds up. We saw that this year.

#BeTheLast will be back with exciting new prizes, partners and activities in January 2017. Until then, make your health a priority by getting a comprehensive pharmacy health check or using our online 30 second health check tool, and following us on social media.

Understanding weight and health

Being overweight can lead to serious health conditions. Professor Manny Noakes from the CSIRO talks about the links between weight and health in this short video.

Total Pledges


473
Physical Activity 153
Nutrition 121
Self Monitor 124
Support and Share 75

Top pledges


Simone Sullivan

I pledge to provide education to 100 Western Australians on nutritional self-management, to set an example and to pass on the knowledge to future generations.

Why I made a pledge... I am pledging because as a Dietitian I have seen the importance and effectiveness of being able to empower individuals with knowledge and skills to improve their own health and how rewarding it is to be an active part in preventing and/or reducing future complications of chronic diseases. Improving the quality of life of an individual is the whole reason I became a health professional and I truly believe that we as a country need to do something to #BeTheLast.

Wendy Erkelenz

I pledge to start trying to add a routine exercise regime to my weight loss program to help tone up.

Why I made a pledge... I have lost 10kgs on Impromy with minimal exercise. I think it's time to take the next big step and introduce some form of exercise into my weight loss program. I already feel so much better, look so much better and can see a healthier future ahead of me. Exercise will help to facilitate this. I am so impressed with Impromy because it ACTUALLY WORKS!

Deborah Watts

I pledge to play more backyard basketball with the teenagers and cart them to the pool with me so they can walk the deck and keep me moving!

Why I made a pledge... More family time outside the house with the kids....and I am terrible....I go to the pool and chat and walk and socialise and help others swim just to avoid me swimming!

Melanie W

Take back control of my weight & health.

Why I made a pledge... I gained 30kgs during pregnancy, 9 years ago and worked it all back off.

Over the years I ended up putting most of it back on and started my last pregnancy, already overweight.

My pregnancy was complicated and I was temporarily disabled and couldn't walk unaided. I spent the last trimester on bed rest, unable to move, let alone exercise.

Once my daughter was born I was in triple digits on the scale (biggest I've ever been in my life). With my body still out of alignment, exercising is incredibly painful. Even walking.

8 months on (and still breastfeeding) I've been unable to lose any weight at all. I'm a solo parent so free time is challenging and haven't made my health a priority.

I'm feeling disgusted and ashamed and always exhausted. I need to get my life back, for myself and my gorgeous children.

Susan Gittoes

I pledge to continue with the changes I have made to keep me healthy.

Why I made a pledge... I was risking early death with sky high blood pressure. Since joining Impromy I have lost 40kgs, my blood pressure is back to normal and I feel amazing. I am never going to go back to where I was. I now value my health so much more. I'm proud of how far I have come.

Dusty Stringer

I pledge to work with researchers, health professionals, Dietitians and Impromy consultants to have a real impact on Australia’s obesity challenge in 2016.

Why I made a pledge... I am pledging to bring together a range of different professions involved with tackling Australia’s biggest health issue in order to have an impact on something that I am passionate about. Working in the wider health industry, I’ve seen so much of the negative impact of obesity and the challenges people can face in making a positive change. I want to help all of those people involved make a difference.

Katia Papas

I pledge to help raise awareness about the #BeTheLast campaign throughout Victoria and Tasmania by supporting pharmacies to achieve 500+ pledges.

Why I made a pledge... Being a dietitian, I have a concern for health and wellbeing and I know that my support can have an impact on the wider community. I am pledging to help raise awareness about the #BeTheLast campaign so that community members are informed and able to take control of their health and their lives.

Caroline Dimond

I pledge to exercise regularly (3+ times a week), and make it a fun and social part of my life

Why I made a pledge... Often I let 'life' get in the way of exercise, even though I love it and know it how great it makes me feel. I want to set myself realistic goals and stick to them.

Beverley Sullivan

I pledge to making healthier food choices and keep away from junk food .

Why I made a pledge... I want to be able to enjoy my retirement and be healthy and active. I do not want to be a burden on my children as a sick parent they have to look after. I want to enjoy doing things with any grand children that may come into my life.

Steph Anstey

To raise awareness and assist with the fight against obesity and its associated negative health outcomes in regional and indigenous communities within Queensland and the Northern Territory through supporting my pharmacies in these locations in promoting #bethelast campaign

Why I made a pledge... I am pledging because as a Dietitian working alongside partner pharmacies I am able to spread nutrition education and support to the wider community and assist with fighting the obesity and chronic disease epidemic that is affecting our country as a whole. Together we can #bethelast

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Leanne Shooter

I pledge to become more motivated and to get my health under control

Why I made a pledge... I make this pledge for motivation for myself to keep going, no matter how hard it may seem.

Susan Gittoes

I pledge to continue with the changes I have made to keep me healthy.

Why I made a pledge... I was risking early death with sky high blood pressure. Since joining Impromy I have lost 40kgs, my blood pressure is back to normal and I feel amazing. I am never going to go back to where I was. I now value my health so much more. I'm proud of how far I have come.

Natalie Sobolewski

I pledge to exercise in a way that fits into my lifestyle

Why I made a pledge... I can see that over many years, my quality of life has been reduced due to being overweight and then obese. Firstly, I want to be healthy for myself, and then for my family.

I want to see an improvement in my moods and mental outlook on life after having suffered depression many times and more recently anxiety and irrational fears as my weight has continued to increase (I am currently 88kg and should be 60kg max to be in the healthy weight range).

I want to have the energy to enjoy intimate time with my husband.

I want to have energy to take care of the house properly (my long suffering husband has done more around the house than me over the years and its not fair for him).

I want to have the energy to hold down a job.

I want to be able to move about without being worried about having a fall.

I want to have better circulation in my feet and legs so that I dont start having medical problems associated with this and so I don't have discomfort when I am trying to sleep at night.

I want to be able to move my body effortlessly while walking, hopping in and out of the car, etc.

I want to be able to have a good nights sleep (I cant remember when that last was).

I want to be an example to my son (who is overweight) through my own personal weight loss success. I want him to know that it is possible for him to be successful and happy. To be able to rise above challenges.

As a lady in my mid forties, I have always been a follower, not a leader and this has translated into my life choices with food and relationships. All these years, I have been ambling along without realising that I can make choices in my life. I can take control of my life and where I want it to go. This is very empowering to finally realise this. Though my faith in my success is a bit iffy, I believe that as I step into this new decision to use Impromy, my faith will grow and grow.

For many years, I haven't really been living, I have just been going through the motions and wondering when life will end - kind of like slow suicide through self neglect. When my daughter used to say, "mum, lets go on a bike ride," I always had an excuse as to why I couldn't go. Mostly it was because I was too tired. Now she is leaving home for Uni and I have missed all those opportunities to show her that I do want to spend time with her. I cant cart around this extra weight any more because it prevents me from really living, from having fun.

Now I choose to live! I choose to know what it feels like to be alive, to enjoy life, and participate in it. I choose to love myself enough to give myself the best that I can give.

My aunty and Godmother passed away recently after living her life in a wheel chair. She had been healthy and well up to the age of three when she was bitten by a mosquito and suffered encephalitis. She nearly died. Although she lived into her 70's, she never walked properly again, and my memories of her are of her being confined to a wheel chair. When she died, I realised that she never had the use of her legs, but that I do. It seemed a crime to me that I am not using my body to be healthy as I know that she would have if she had had the use of her legs. To honour her memory, I choose to use the body that I have which is not confined to a wheelchair in order to be healthy and well.

I made this pledge in order to be accountable to myself.

Wendy Erkelenz

I pledge to start trying to add a routine exercise regime to my weight loss program to help tone up.

Why I made a pledge... I have lost 10kgs on Impromy with minimal exercise. I think it's time to take the next big step and introduce some form of exercise into my weight loss program. I already feel so much better, look so much better and can see a healthier future ahead of me. Exercise will help to facilitate this. I am so impressed with Impromy because it ACTUALLY WORKS!

Simone Sullivan

I pledge to provide education to 100 Western Australians on nutritional self-management, to set an example and to pass on the knowledge to future generations.

Why I made a pledge... I am pledging because as a Dietitian I have seen the importance and effectiveness of being able to empower individuals with knowledge and skills to improve their own health and how rewarding it is to be an active part in preventing and/or reducing future complications of chronic diseases. Improving the quality of life of an individual is the whole reason I became a health professional and I truly believe that we as a country need to do something to #BeTheLast.

Cathy Rout

I pledge to lose weight to start a family.

Why I made a pledge... I've wanted to start a family for 4 years now and my weight is the one thing holding me back.

Natalie Sobolewski

I pledge to exercise in a way that fits into my lifestyle

Why I made a pledge... I can see that over many years, my quality of life has been reduced due to being overweight and then obese. Firstly, I want to be healthy for myself, and then for my family.

I want to see an improvement in my moods and mental outlook on life after having suffered depression many times and more recently anxiety and irrational fears as my weight has continued to increase (I am currently 88kg and should be 60kg max to be in the healthy weight range).

I want to have the energy to enjoy intimate time with my husband.

I want to have energy to take care of the house properly (my long suffering husband has done more around the house than me over the years and its not fair for him).

I want to have the energy to hold down a job.

I want to be able to move about without being worried about having a fall.

I want to have better circulation in my feet and legs so that I dont start having medical problems associated with this and so I don't have discomfort when I am trying to sleep at night.

I want to be able to move my body effortlessly while walking, hopping in and out of the car, etc.

I want to be able to have a good nights sleep (I cant remember when that last was).

I want to be an example to my son (who is overweight) through my own personal weight loss success. I want him to know that it is possible for him to be successful and happy. To be able to rise above challenges.

As a lady in my mid forties, I have always been a follower, not a leader and this has translated into my life choices with food and relationships. All these years, I have been ambling along without realising that I can make choices in my life. I can take control of my life and where I want it to go. This is very empowering to finally realise this. Though my faith in my success is a bit iffy, I believe that as I step into this new decision to use Impromy, my faith will grow and grow.

For many years, I haven't really been living, I have just been going through the motions and wondering when life will end - kind of like slow suicide through self neglect. When my daughter used to say, "mum, lets go on a bike ride," I always had an excuse as to why I couldn't go. Mostly it was because I was too tired. Now she is leaving home for Uni and I have missed all those opportunities to show her that I do want to spend time with her. I cant cart around this extra weight any more because it prevents me from really living, from having fun.

Now I choose to live! I choose to know what it feels like to be alive, to enjoy life, and participate in it. I choose to love myself enough to give myself the best that I can give.

My aunty and Godmother passed away recently after living her life in a wheel chair. She had been healthy and well up to the age of three when she was bitten by a mosquito and suffered encephalitis. She nearly died. Although she lived into her 70's, she never walked properly again, and my memories of her are of her being confined to a wheel chair. When she died, I realised that she never had the use of her legs, but that I do. It seemed a crime to me that I am not using my body to be healthy as I know that she would have if she had had the use of her legs. To honour her memory, I choose to use the body that I have which is not confined to a wheelchair in order to be healthy and well.

I made this pledge in order to be accountable to myself.

Kerrie Czernia

I pledge to eat healthier and move more and to start living.

Why I made a pledge... I refuse to use food to make me feel better or as a punishment to other emotional areas of my life. I am riddled with arthritis and in pain 24/7. I want to be the type of grandmother that can get down on the ground and run around with my granddaughter who is due to be born in May. I want to enjoy life and start living it instead of just exsisting. I want to show my 27 year old son who is fighting duchenne muscular dystrophy that I too can be a fighter. When I fix this part of my life then it WILL also help my severe depression. I am doing this for ME and no one else. So bring on living

Fiona Fleming

I pledge to maintain my weight after the weight loss of 25 kg on impromy

Why I made a pledge... Don't want to be unhealthy again

Simone Sullivan

I pledge to provide education to 100 Western Australians on nutritional self-management, to set an example and to pass on the knowledge to future generations.

Why I made a pledge... I am pledging because as a Dietitian I have seen the importance and effectiveness of being able to empower individuals with knowledge and skills to improve their own health and how rewarding it is to be an active part in preventing and/or reducing future complications of chronic diseases. Improving the quality of life of an individual is the whole reason I became a health professional and I truly believe that we as a country need to do something to #BeTheLast.

Partners

The #BeTheLast campaign brings commercial, advocacy, science and community organisations together, each contributing in a way that is relevant to their organisation and meaningful to the health of Australian communities. We’re thankful for the support of our current partners, and would love to hear from other organisations who’d like to be involved.

The Impromy Program

Developed in collaboration with CSIRO, the Impromy program focuses on improving health through weight loss and good nutrition. It comprises nutritious and great tasting meal replacements along with high protein meals and ongoing support by trained pharmacy staff.

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