Initiative to Get Us in Shape; Council Uses $700,000 to Promote Health

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Byline: Patrick Williams

Fat facts

High body mass is now the leading cause of premature death and disability in Queensland, overtaking tobacco in 2007.

One in three adult Queenslanders was overweight and one in four were obese in 2007-08 based on physical measurement.

Just over half the adult population had a waist circumference that put them at health risk.

One in four children were overweight or obese in 2007-08.

THE Sunshine Coast is set to become one of the healthiest communities in the state, with a wave of new health initiatives planned over the next two years.

Council has received more than $700,000 as part of the Federal Government's Healthy Communities Initiative and the money will be put to good use.

The funding has been earmarked for the project Active and Healthy Sunshine Coast, designed to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the Coast community through a variety of programs.

The HCI aims to help reduce the prevalence of obesity by maximising the number of adults engaged in healthy lifestyle programs.

Community policy and programs councillor Jenny McKay said work would focus on specific health needs.

aWe 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,a Cr McKay said. …