This new strategy sets out actions for government to meet the challenges of supporting more South Australians to eat a healthy diet and be active and calls for action across the whole community.
Why do we need an Eat Well Be Active Strategy for South Australia?
Nutritious food, regular physical activity and maintenance of a healthy weight are vital for healthy growth and developing in childhood and good health throughout life.
With nearly 60% of South Australian adults and 25% of children overweight, health, productivity, community wellbeing and life expectancy are all threatened.
Not enough South Australians meet recommendations for physical activity and health eating – eg in 2010, 47% of adults were sufficiently active and adults ate only 2.8 serves of vegetables per day compared with the recommended 5 serves per day.
Government and the wider society need to act to make it easier for people to eat well and be active.
What is the aim of the strategy?
To increase the proportion of South Australians who eat a healthy diet, undertake regular physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.
What does the strategy set out to achieve?
Mobilise the community to take action to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and publicly recognise achievements.
Ensure the places where we live, learn, work, eat, play and shop make it easy for children and adults to be active and eat a healthy diet, including breastfeeding.
Implement policies to improve the built, social and natural environments that support South Australians to eat well and be active.
Provide information, programs and services to assist people throughout life to be more active, eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight, with particular attention to those most in need.
Ensure that we have in place supports such as strong partnerships, leadership, good communication and workforce planning as well as evaluation and good governance.
Who supports the strategy?
Our vision is that state and local government, non-government organisations, peak bodies, academics, business and the community will all work together to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
Already, a number of state government departments have made commitments to action (see Section 7).
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The Eat Well Be Active Strategy for South Australia 2011-2016
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SA Health aims to bring about cultural and system change to bring about true Reconciliation and embed practices that bring about real change
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