Council’s healthier lifestyle plan for the Coast takes off
  • Saturday 11 June 2011

It’s full steam ahead for Sunshine Coast Council’s commitment to encourage and support residents to adopt and sustain healthier lifestyles.

This follows the announcement yesterday that Sunshine Coast Council has received the recommendation for grant funding of more than $700,000 as part of the Federal Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI).

Community Policy and Programs Councillor Jenny McKay said council welcomed the funding which would be used over a two-year period to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the Coast community.

"The announcement that we have been successful in our grant application is great news for the entire Sunshine Coast region," she said.

"The project – named Active and Healthy Sunshine Coast – will include a suite of programs aimed at encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles and combat obesity.

"We will be looking at a range of initiatives that make up a healthy lifestyle such as mental health, social engagement, healthy eating as well as physical fitness.

"Our work will also focus on specific health needs we have identified in our communities and preventive health measures.

"Stay tuned for more details, as we develop the full scope of the two-year program."

The HCI aims to help reduce prevalence of obesity by maximising the number of adults engaged in healthy lifestyle programs. Phase 2 of the HCI provides a $703,607 grant to each of the 33 recommended Local Government Areas across Australia until June 2013.