OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle) is a program that supports children, through their families and communities, to be healthy now, and stay healthy for life. Established in South Australia in 2009, OPAL is coordinated through local government and works with communities to create opportunities to eat well and be active. As at June 2013, OPAL is active in 20 local communities across the State and one additional community in the Northern Territory.
Every 12 months new information about healthy eating and physical activity will be provided to help you make healthy choices in your life. Health messages include:
- A healthy brekky is easy as PEEL. POUR. POP.
- Water. The Original Cool Drink.
- Give the screen a rest. Active play is best
- Make it a fresh snack
- Think Feet First - step, cycle, scoot to school.
As at June 2013, OPAL is active in 20 South Australian communities and one community in the Northern Territory. The following councils/cities are part of the OPAL community:
- Charles Sturt
- Copper Coast
- Mid Murray
- Mount Gambier
- Mount Remarkable, Peterborough and the Northern Areas Council (combined communities)
- Murray Bridge
- Palmerston (Northern Territory)
- Port Adelaide Enfield
- Port Augusta
- West Torrens
Contact your local OPAL Council Manager to see if you live within the OPAL community in your council.
Why is OPAL valuable?
Wouldn’t it be great to...
- give your children the best chance to be healthy
- live in a community where there are lots of ways to enjoy being active
- discover safe scenic paths to cycle or walk to work and school
- develop skills for preparing delicious meals that are good for you and your family
- understand food labels so you can plan healthy meals for your family
- feel healthier and have more energy to do the things you enjoy?
Children and adults who are active and enjoy healthy eating are more likely to live a healthy life. That means you and your children may have:
- more energy
- more confidence
- better sleep
- better health – with less risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and some cancers
- stronger bones and healthier joints.
Being active and enjoying healthy eating are also great ways to relax and spend time with family and friends. As well as keeping you and your family healthy, these beneficial lifestyle choices can make our whole community a more rewarding place to live – where people have fewer long-term health problems.
OPAL is part of an expanding network of international, community-based obesity prevention programs and was based on the successful Epode program from France.
How can I get involved?
To find out if you live in an OPAL area, contact your local OPAL Council Manager and find out how you can be involved.