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Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Three main themes were identified and these included safe, secure and healthy food, active lifestyles and environmental health protection.

21 August 2017
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The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is committed to protecting, promoting and enhancing the health and wellbeing of our community through the implementation of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. We are the first Council in WA to produce a Public Health Plan, following the introduction of the new Public Health Act 2016.

The Strategy will assist the Shire to promote health and wellbeing through urban planning, social and physical infrastructure, contemporary health protection initiates, community programs and the creation of healthy and safe environments.

Shire President, Cr John Erren said the responses of the community consultation were very clear.

‘Over 600 people gave us their feedback on their healthy food and physical activity choices during community consultation’, he said.

Three main themes were identified and these included safe, secure and healthy food, active lifestyles and environmental health protection. The Shire’s objectives identified in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy are:

  • Safe, Secure and Health Food: ensure the community has access to a healthy food and we support food producers and outlets to provide a healthy and nutritious foods.
  • Active Lifestyles: promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Environmental Health: minimise unwanted exposure to hazard and emissions that are a risk to the health of our community.

Key community opinions and statistics from the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Health & Wellbeing Profile produced by South Metropolitan Population Health Unit are:

  • 69.9% of adults in SJ are overweight or obese
  • 45.5% of adults in SJ are not active enough
  • 74% of people state that it would help them maintain a healthy lifestyle if food outlets provide healthy choices
  • 87% say they regularly use our parks and reserves

‘The Shire recognises that people’s health and wellbeing is essential to the vitality of our community. Our vision is to protect and promote public health so that our community can lead healthy, active and connected lives.’ Cr Erren said.

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy is available here or for a paper copy, visit the Shire’s Administration Building.