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Launch of Balance Your Life Program

17 February 2011

The Circular Head Council has developed a holistic approach to caring for the community, through the implementation of a health and well-being program - balance your life, to be launched on Wednesday 23 February, 2011 at the Community and Recreation Centre, Grant Street Smithton.

This program will see Council further facilitating the coordination of services and programs which promote wellness in the community. balance will build on existing activities already undertaken by Council as well as introducing new initiatives such as 'Lose kilos for the Community'.

It fits perfectly with the federally funded 'Healthy Communities Initiative', which was introduced in Councils across the Cradle Coast Region in 2010.

General Manager Greg Winton said "balance your life is not just about instigating physical activity. It builds on existing recreational infrastructure and facilities provided by the Council, and programs with young people, seniors, our multicultural community and people with disabilities that will also sit under the balance banner."

Emergency management and road safety initiatives, such as the Mayor's 'Look out for your Mates' campaign, contribute to safe communities, while community events and festivals such as the Australia Day and National Youth Week celebrations and the annual Christmas Parades help to develop a sense of community connectedness. Inclusive communities are more likely to attract and retain skilled workers, therefore initiatives such as balance your life have a potential economic development role.

Statistics indicate that in North-West Tasmania many of the population are at risk of preventable chronic disease. In Circular Head, for example, 61% of residents are overweight and 21% do not exercise enough.

General Manager Greg Winton said "The role of Local Government continues to evolve. Circular Head Council has identified among these emerging new roles and functions, the need to further support and encourage an active, vibrant and inclusive community. A community is, after all, its people."

Further enquiries may be directed to the Yvonne Stone, Community Development Officer, by telephoning 6452 4800.

Authorised for general media distribution by Greg Winton, General Manager, Circular Head Council on Thursday, 17 February 2011.