Andrew Bassett (Queensland Ambulance Service), Kym Duncan (St George Hospital Community and Allied Health), Michelle Clark (Balonne Shire Council), Michael Wilson (St George Hospital) andPatrick Stanton (Queensland Ambulance Service).
Andrew Bassett (Queensland Ambulance Service), Kym Duncan (St George Hospital Community and Allied Health), Michelle Clark (Balonne Shire Council), Michael Wilson (St George Hospital) andPatrick Stanton (Queensland Ambulance Service).

Join the challenge and step towards a healthier shire

WITH around 62 per cent of adults and 38 per cent of children classified as obese in the Balonne, health professionals are trying to encourage healthier routines.

The South West Hospital and Health Service is beginning to roll out a Healthy Communities initiative after the preliminary success of a similar program in the Maranoa.

St George Hospital Community and Allied Health Service Director Robyn Brumpton said the program was designed to encourage health residents to eat well and be more active.

“And create environments that support and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours, especially these days when a significant proportion of people lead a more sedentary lifestyle and are not active every day,” Ms Brumpton said.

“We want to help our residents consider how risk factors, such as a sedentary and inactive lifestyle, unhealthy weight, unhealthy eating, smoking and alcohol consumption are impacting on their health and lifestyle.

“Unhealthy and risky behaviours can and do lead to potentially preventable hospitalisations and premature deaths.”

Last week, statistics revealed the Balonne Shire had the tied for the third highest rate of obesity.

“We want to start turning this around and eating more fruit and vegetables and finding ways to be more active in your daily life are two simple things you can do to improve your health and reduce the risk factors that are known to lead to ill health.”

According to Ms Brumpton, the initiative is a key priority of the SWHHS 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, with a desire to keep people healthy and avoid them having to come to hospital in the first place.

“As part of our strategic plan, we will be focusing on a range of ‘healthy communities’ initiatives designed to reduce the burden of chronic disease in our region and the rate of avoidable hospital admissions.”

As part of the program rollout, a health and wellbeing survey already had been distributed in the region.

“This will help us gain an understanding of what our communities experience when looking after their own health and wellbeing and how as a community we can support them to make healthy lifestyle choices,” Ms Brumpton said.

“We hope to start the conversation in the Balonne Shire around health and wellbeing while empowering individuals to take care of their own health and wellbeing.

“We also intend to support community initiatives and build and maintain local partnerships. But we need the support of our communities on their needs and feedback on our activities.”

A step competition will be run during October, with the aim to create some friendly competition within the shire, and get out and get active.

The South West Hospital and Health Service is beginning to roll out a Healthy Communities intiiative in the region, after the preliminary success of a similar program in the Maranoa.

St George Hospital Community and Allied Health Service Director, Robyn Brumpton said the program was designed to health residens eat well and be more active.

“...And create environments that support and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviours, especially those days when a significant proportion of people lead a more sedentary lifestyle and are not active every day,” she said.

“We want to help our residents consider how risk factors, such as a sedentary and inactive lifestyle, unhealthy weight, unhealthy eating, smoking and alcohol consumption are impacting on their health and lifestyle.

“Unhealthy and risky behaviours can and do lead to potentially preventable hospitalisations and premature deaths.”

Last week, statistics revealed the Balonne Shire had the tied third highest rate of obesity **check

“We want to start turning this around and eating more fruit and vegetables nad finding ways to be more active in your daily life are two simple things you can do to improve your health and reduce the risk factors that are known to elad to ill health.”

According to Ms Brumpton, the intiative is a key priority of the SWHHS 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, with a desire to keep people healthy and avoid them having to come to hospital in the first place.

“As part of our strategic plan, we will be focusing on a range of ‘healthy commnities’initiatives designed to reduce the b urden of chronic disease in our region and the rate of avoidable hospital admissions