Rural Environments and Cardiovascular Health (REACH)

SA Healthy Towns 2018-19 - Rural Environments and Cardiovascular Health

Applying organisation:

The Community Co-operative Store (Nuriootpa)

Towns/communities where project is situated:

Barossa region

Grant purpose:

To increase the community’s motivation and capacity to be active and eat healthy food within a supportive community context.

Target population:

Adults in the Barossa region.

External partner and their role:

University of SA (unisa): Exercise Physiology and Health Science students from the unisa Clinical Placement Unit will be trained in conducting health assessments and providing healthy lifestyle advice for Barossa residents.  The university will also advise on promotional activities to increase ongoing participation in the health checks and contribute to program evaluation.

Project overview:

The project aims to raise community awareness of the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, through ongoing promotion and activities in local media and throughout the Community Co‑op stores.  It involves conducting online surveys to assess community awareness and knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors and ways to reduce those risks. 

Free health assessments and individualised advice for adults will be conducted by unisa clinical placement health students.  The assessments will use the ‘health age’, an evidence-based gamification tool to compare health age to chronological age and allows modelling to identify how changes in physical activity and food choices can impact on health age. Individuals who receive health assessment results that are outside the normal range will be advised, verbally and in writing, to seek advice from their medical practitioner.

A long term aim of this project is to contribute to cardiovascular disease prevention by addressing lifestyle risk factors such as poor eating and physical inactivity.

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