The Health Department SA is getting behind a Heart Foundation Project aimed at transforming our neighbourhoods to improve the health and well-being of all South Australians.
The SA Active Living Coalition is a body set up to look at how our neighbourhoods can encourage active living.
Director of Health Promotion, Michele Herriot said Town Planning Week is an opportunity to look at how we can integrate physical activity, or active living, into our daily routines.
“Well-planned neighbourhoods can increase the number of people who walk or cycle to schools, shops, parks, or public transport,” Ms Herriot explained.
“They support healthier lifestyles for local residents, create a more vibrant local area which in turn brings about economic and environmental benefits.”
The Coalition is working on two projects:
- Analysing the SA Planning System to identify the issues and opportunities that impact on the adoption of active living in South Australia
- Working with the property development industry with the aim of integrating “active living principles” into new residential developments and urban regeneration projects.
It is anticipated that other projects will be identified and implemented as the project moves forward.
“Creating environments that support active living relies on working with sectors outside of health to transform public policy and urban planning,” Ms Herriot said.
Members of the SA Active Living Coalition to date include:
- Department of Health
- Office of Recreation and Sport
- Department for Transport Energy and Infrastructure
- Heart Foundation
- Planning Institute of Australia (SA Division)
- Cancer Council of South Australia.
To arrange an interview contact the SA Health Media Line on 8226 6488 or for more information on Planning Week contact Kirsty Kelly, State Manager of the Planning Institute of SA, on 8410 2988 or 0408 187 128