Step up. Be healthy across the state next week

28 March 2017

More than half of South Australian local councils will showcase how they create healthy communities as they host a variety of events to celebrate SA Health’s second annual Public Health Week next week.

SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said Public Health Week is an opportunity for people to find out more about health protection in everyday living.

“The first thing that springs to mind when people think about public health is usually public hospitals or the overarching public healthcare system,” Professor Phillips said.

“What a lot of people don’t realise is that public health plays a significant, behind the scenes role on a daily basis to keep the community healthy.

“Public health is what we do collectively to create the conditions and environment that support the wellbeing of all South Australians.

“From safe food and clean drinking water, to shaded and accessible playgrounds and local immunisation clinics, public health plays a vital role for good health and wellbeing.”

A number of key events are planned throughout the week to celebrate the theme of ‘Step Up. Be Healthy’ across the metropolitan and regional areas.

Non-government organisations and local councils will join SA Health to host events including cooking classes, healthy expos and interactive displays about public health.

Local Government Association President Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg said Public Health Week is an opportunity for councils to highlight the important role they play in facilitating community wellbeing.

“As the closest government to communities, councils provide a wide range of facilities and services that contribute to the health and happiness of their residents,” Mayor Rosenberg said.

“This includes the provision of sporting and recreational facilities, local place making initiatives, working with businesses to drive economic development, climate risk management, running community services, libraries and other local events, as well as traditional public health programs.”

After the success of SA Health’s inaugural Public Health Week last year, Professor Phillips said he hopes that all South Australians will step up and participate in the events in their local area.

“We all benefit from public health and this is why it is so pleasing to see such a wide range of events planned across the state,” Professor Phillips said.

“By taking care of ourselves and supporting friends and family to lead healthier lives, we are all taking steps to promoting and maintaining good health and wellbeing.”

Public Health Week runs from 3 – 7 April 2017

More information can be found on the Public Health Week page. 


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