To make our state the healthiest state, we need to make healthy choices easy for all South Australians.
Resources, ideas, tools and programs are available to help staff and volunteers make local places within their community healthier.
What is a healthy place?
Healthy places are the places in our local community where we learn, work, eat, play and shop.
Every place has a role in the health and wellbeing of their staff, customers and broader community:
- Learning places: preschools, schools, TAFE and university.
While outside of the learning sector, child care centres, family day care, out of school hours care and playgroups are important places for role modelling healthy living.
- Workplaces: this includes state government departments, non-government organisations and businesses of all size across a range of services, professions and industries, including food retailers, supermarkets and food services (restaurants, cafes, takeaways etc).
- Community organisations and services: councils, health services, youth services, community centres, disability organisations, migrant services, sport and recreation clubs, sporting venues, museums, parks etc.
Ways to be a healthy place
There are plenty of ways you can boost the health and vibrancy of your staff and clients through healthy eating and physical activity. Choose what suits your ‘place’ from the examples below.
Small changes can make a big difference.
- providing healthy catering at meetings and functions and making this a specification with contract caterers
- providing healthy food choices in organisations that have on-site canteens and vending machines
- promoting healthy fundraisers and limiting unhealthy fundraising items
- providing a clean and comfortable meal break area and facilities that enable staff to prepare healthy food and drink choices at work (e.g. providing a fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, cutlery, crockery, and access to cold tap water for drinking).
- supporting breastfeeding for mothers in the workplace (staff and visitors); providing a breastfeeding friendly place on site and support the Breastfeeding Welcome Here program.
- incentives for staff to be physically active at work
- encourage staff to walk and cycle to meetings where possible
- encourage staff to use public transport to and from work and/or to incorporate active travel as part of the journey to work
- consider a bike pool to use for work-related meetings
- support staff to ride to work by providing secure storage bikes safely and Change room facilities for staff to encourage physical activity before, during or after work
- establish a workplace walking group or pedometer challenge
- providing flexible work stations e.g. sit-stand desks, standing meetings, walk and talk meetings, standing while on the telephone, taking regular breaks to avoid sitting for long periods, walking to talk to colleagues instead of emailing them etc.
Your organisation can also consider
- promoting healthy living through activities, newsletters and campaigns such as Go for 2&5, Shape Up Australia and be active to staff, volunteers and community members
- not accepting sponsorship that relates to unhealthy foods, drinks, tobacco and inactive lifestyles
- being a smoke-free site
- ensuring responsible serving of alcohol, where relevant
- developing a workplace response to alcohol and other drug issues.
Resources, ideas and tools for healthy places
Click on the setting that interests you to find out about existing resources, ideas and tools to help make healthy choices the easy choices in your setting.
Programs and campaigns for healthy places
There are a variety of programs and campaigns available to promote in healthy learning places, workplaces and community organisations to engage staff, parents, children and community members about healthy eating and physical activity.
Join us to help make a difference
Be inspired by other South Australian organisations who are making a difference to help healthy choices be the easy choices for their staff, volunteers, clients, students and visitors.
The Government of South Australia is working to help our state be the healthiest state. We are committed to working with local government, schools, early childhood services and other education settings, workplaces and communities to support your health.