Health and Wellbeing Initiatives
Through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, the Federal Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), council has funding for the Healthy Communities Initiative until June 2014. This program aims to support local government areas in delivering effective community-based physical activity and healthy eating programs.
Council has developed the Active, healthy Sunshine Coast: every day, your way initiative as a result of this funding.
Active, healthy Sunshine Coast: every day, your way aims to increase the health and wellbeing of the Sunshine Coast community, and offers a variety of programs and activities.
Since July 2013, Focus Health Network has helped deliver three of these programs on behalf of council. These include:
Both these programs are nationally recognised physical activity programs with significant potential health benefits.
The Active, healthy Sunshine Coast initiative supports a number of other health and wellbeing programs and initiatives.
Walking for Fitness, Fun, and Friendship program
Combines riverside walks with exercise sessions. Enjoy healthy exercise at your own pace.
Where: South Bank of the Maroochy River - Boat Ramp Picnic Shelter (opposite 333 Bradman Avenue, Maroochydore, near BBQ)
When: Monday and Tuesday
Time: 9.00 am - 10.30 am
Cost: $5 per Session
Contact: Marjie on (07) 5448 4229.
Know the Score - diabetes awareness program
The Diabetes Queensland Know the Score program helps people to learn about:
- type 2 diabetes
- steps to take to reduce diabetes risk.
Trained volunteer speakers can also deliver free information sessions to community groups.
For more information or to book a community speaker, contact Diabetes Queensland on (07) 3506 0958 or visit the Diabetes Queensland website .
There are a range of state and federal government initiatives that complement Active, healthy Sunshine Coast, including:
Resources and research
Beyond Blue to Green: the benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being – a report that reviews Australian and international research, and shows there is a significant relationship between people’s mental health and their local environment.
FOODcents – online information and training in relation to basic nutrition. Provides user friendly comparisons of costs and nutritional content of home made versus take away meals. Includes information on how to shop-smart and understand food labelling. Useful tool for teachers, community workers or anyone with an interest in understanding and improving their own healthy eating habits.
Five Ways to Wellbeing – a report produced by the New Economics Foundation (UK) that identifies five key daily actions to improve wellbeing including the research and evidence base that led to their selection.
Disclaimer: The listed programs and initiatives are not directly provided by the Sunshine Coast Council, and Sunshine Coast Council takes no responsibility or liability for any damage, loss, cost, expense, claims, demands, actions, proceedings, injury (including death) or dispute due to or arising out of, directly or indirectly, the actions or omissions of any participant or any third party provider.