2016 Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards

Regional winner

Mid Murray Council  Mannum Football and Netball Club Healthy Eating Policy initiative

The Mid Murray Council worked together with the Mannum Football and Netball Club to implement changes that increase access to healthier choices through the development of the Mannum Football and Netball Club Healthy Eating Policy.

Through a series of strategies, including changes to the canteen structure, volunteer training, increased access to drinking water, policies for food provision and positive marketing campaigns, risk factors linked to preventable disease in Australia, such as physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and overweight and obesity, have been addressed.

The introduction of the policy meant that healthy food and drink choices were more accessible. It has also increased canteen profits by 30 percent, increased evening meal numbers, increased membership, further funding support from state and local funding bodies, improved player performance and improved the partnership between the football and netball clubs.

Metropolitan winner

The City of Onkaparinga  Regional Public Health Plan and Priorities initiatives

The City of Onkaparinga demonstrated leadership and innovation in creating environments and delivering services for community health, wellbeing and prosperity, and delivered public health outcomes including:

  • Healthy Active Lifestyle Onkaparinga (HALO) program, with 26,731 people involved in 1,327 activities during 2015
  • The innovative Ministry of Food initiative, in partnership with Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia and Colonnades Shopping Centre
  • Planning and adopting the Resilient South Climate Change Adaptation Plan, including actions relating to ten adaptation pathways. Resilient South is now in its implementation phase.

Highly commended

City of Playford

Food Security and Health Eating in Playford: a nutritional review of the Playford Food Cooperatives.

City of Charles Sturt

Broad range of public health initiatives.

Alexandrina Council

Obesity prevention and lifestyle initiatives.

The Barossa Council

Barossa Cycle Hub.