Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis
The Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis project was a collaborative project between the Health in All Policies Unit and Health Promotion Branch, SA Health.
A healthy population benefits South Australia as a whole and contributes to the State’s productivity. In recent years the proportion of South Australians considered overweight and obese has rapidly increased – almost 60% of adults are now considered overweight or obese. Consequently, encouraging individuals and communities to eat healthy food and be physically active is now a key part of SA Health’s focus on prevention.
The Health in All Policies usual approach is to start with a public policy priority of government and not a specific health priority. In the case of the Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis, HiAP had to review and adapt its usual Health Lens Analysis methodology to ensure the underlying HiAP philosophy was maintained.
About the project
The purpose of the Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis project was to increase commitment across government to actively support the healthy weight agenda. This was done by identifying policy opportunities for a range of South Australian government departments to support the achievement of T2.2 Healthy Weight*.
The Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis mapped healthy weight policy opportunities by
The Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis also examined workforce policies across the public sector and sought to identify opportunities for departments to support their employees to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
South Australia’s Strategic Plan Target
- T2.2 Healthy Weight: Increase the proportion of South Australians 18 years and over with healthy weight by 10% points by 2014.
The Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis resulted in policy recommendations which simultaneously supported the achievement of T2.2 Healthy Weight and the departments’ core business. The recommendations were endorsed by nine government departments/divisions:
- Department for Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology – TAFE SA
- Department of Correctional Services
- Department of Human Services SA – Disability, Ageing and Carers
- Department of Human Services SA – Housing SA
- Department of Human Services SA – Community Connect
- Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
- Primary Industries and Regions SA – Agriculture, Food and Wine
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Attorney General’s Department – Consumer and Business Affairs.
The department/division commitments were incorporated into the South Australia’s Eat Well Be Active Strategy 2011-2016, South Australia’s whole-of-state response to the T2.2 Healthy Weight, which was launched by the Minister for Health and Ageing in December 2011.
The second key outcome of the project was the development of a suite of healthy worker strategies for the South Australian public service. These recommendations were endorsed by the Executive Committee of Cabinet Chief Executives Group and have been progressively implemented across government in all departments and entities from late-2011.
- Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis Final Report (PDF 646KB)
- Healthy Weight Desktop Analysis Summary (PDF 130KB)
A number of state government departments have made commitments to action and the Health in All Policies unit is supporting other parts of government with the strategic implementation of South Australia’s Eat Well Be Active Strategy 2011-2016.
*South Australia’s Strategic Plan was updated in 2011. In this update, a number of existing targets underwent change, including Healthy Weight. The previous target for Healthy Weight has now been translated to Target 82 - increase by 5 percentage points the proportion of South Australian adults and children at a healthy body weight by 2017 (baseline: 2009).