OPAL Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle in
State and Local Government 5 year childhood obesity prevention initiative – now in Port Augusta it continues totally Local Government funded.
Based in Councils… ...a multi-site, multi-setting, multi-strategy community-based childhood obesity prevention initiative.
To improve eating and activity patterns of children, through families and communities in OPAL regions and thereby increase the proportion of
0-18 year olds
in the healthy weight range.
reducing EDNP consumption and increasing nutritious food consumption (HE) reducing sedentariness and increasing physical activity (PA)
WHY OPAL IN PORT AUGUSTA?
> > 13,985 (ABS Census 2011).
Port Augusta’s council area has a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with 17.8% compared with a state average of 1.7%.
> Port Augusta residents have higher rates of diabetes Type 2, high cholesterol, circulatory system diseases.
> Residents of Port Augusta have higher rates of all health risk factors than the South Australian average.
> 25% of 4 year olds overweight or obese (OPAL comm 2009)
Healthy Foods EVERYWHERE Understanding, Growing, Buying, Cooking, Selling…..ENJOYING
Our environments – where its easier to be active and healthy and have FUN
PORT AUGUSTA NATIONAL WINNER HEART FOUNDATION HEALTHY COMMUNITY AWARDS 2014 (pop under 15000)
Council set the foundation
Policies, consultations, community engagement and strategic planning involving health, wellbeing and social issues > A council that took responsibility, embraced OPAL and continues to support these messages.
3 Key Initiatives!
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THE COASTAL PATH PROJECT
connected existing paths to travel length of city 7.8 km offroad walking/riding path Multiple residential access points Incorporates water drinking poles, community/tourism facilities, fitness stations, playgrounds, parks/reserves/beaches, urban centres.
2. CENTRAL OVAL COMMUNITY SPORTING HUB PROJECT
Development includes; •AFL standard football oval •Netball courts (11 outdoor, 3 indoor) •Two storey multi use stadium including 3 multi use basketball courts •Function space •Parents area •Canteen/café •For enjoying sports, recreation and arts on elite, regional and grass roots levels •Central hub to meet, interact and come together •Consultation with Aboriginal groups, parent groups, health sectors, OPAL and many more •A development to be proud of, for our community to enjoy and benefit from and to attract interest and participation from afar!
3. COUNCILS MULTI FACETED SUPPORT OF HEALTHY CATERING
• Implementation of Port Augusta Council Healthy Catering Policy • Provision of OPAL Healthy Catering AND Healthy BBQ small grants for community & sporting groups • OPAL Healthy Kids Menu Project • Carlton Aboriginal School Healthy Tuckshop Project • OPAL training of Aboriginal Community Foodies • OPAL Fresh Food and Fun Project • Edible gardening promotions • School/Preschool/Childcare initiatives • OPAL Smoothie Bikes