Saturday, March 30, 2013

living healthy, living well? we want to know

Yarra Ranges Council is developing its 2013 – 2017 Health and Wellbeing Plan and we want to hear from you.

As part of our role in supporting the community lead a healthy life we have developed a health profile which has identifies a range of health issues across Yarra Ranges. These include diabetes and obesity, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, poor mental health, alcohol consumption, and smoking.  Many of Yarra Ranges’ health issues particularly impact young people.  

Demographic and infrastructure issues affecting the municipality include lack of access to health services, low levels of education, and socio-economic disadvantage having a major impact on several outer townships.  The costs of housing, transport and food have a particularly heavy impact on disadvantaged households across Yarra Ranges.  The available data indicates that many of these issues are getting worse over time. 

Council can support communities in many ways including through the provision of services, facilities and infrastructure like community hubs, parks and open space. Another key role for council is advocacy to state and federal government on the health needs of our community. We also work with service providers to response to community health needs and issues.  

Now is your chance to tell us what you think about healthy living in Yarra Ranges. Is there anything that concerns you about your health or the health of the community? Here’s your opportunity to tell us what you think.

Click here to participate in the online forum or call our Social Planning and Development Officer, Cathi Walker on 9294 6113 for more info.

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