- Monday 04 July 2016
The Sunshine Coast Heart Week was one of three finalists in the “Programs, activities or events” category of the inaugural Awards.
In acknowledging the region’s success, Mayor Mark Jamieson said there was no doubt communities thrive in an environment that encourages participation in active, healthy lifestyles.
“One of the four key targets in the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy is to ensure the region maintains its number one ranking as the healthiest region in Queensland”, Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our objective is to be a smart, healthy region and to this end, council has partnered with the health and wellbeing sector to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the 2016 Heart Week.
“To be acknowledged as a national finalist for this initiative is a real testament to the Sunshine Coast region joining forces to approach health and wellbeing holistically.
“Regular daily participation in physical activity is good for our physical wellbeing, but it also promotes community inclusion and reduces the incidence of social isolation.
“This is of particular significance in our region where we have an ageing population and high incidence of one and two person households”.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast Heart Expo and program of events were a great example of a collaborative program which was specifically developed to encourage the community to get active.
“The Innovation Awards recognise and celebrate new ways that encourage more people to play, be active and participate in sport,” Cr McKay said.
“The Sunshine Coast Heart Week Expo on April 30 kicked off a week-long program where members of the community could access specialist organisations on a range of topics relevant to their health and activity levels.
“Over 1000 people attended the inaugural Sunshine Coast Heart Expo and a further 7000 people participated in the free weekly activities on offer across the region.
“This was a great starting point and one that council wants to build on with the community and our partners in the years ahead”.
Sunshine Coast Heart Week key partners included:
• Heart Foundation Australia
• Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
• University of the Sunshine Coast
• Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
• Stroke Foundation
• Queensland Recreation Centres