Have your say on health and wellbeing future of Hume

Community members and service providers are invited to have their say on Hume City Council’s Draft Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021.

The Hume Health and Wellbeing Plan outlines how Council will work alongside community members and partners over the next four years to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives, works and plays in Hume City.

Hume Mayor, Geoff Porter, said the Plan set forth an ambitious and exciting agenda for Council and the Hume community.

“The plan targets our efforts on specific areas that significantly impact on the health and wellbeing of community members,” Cr Porter said. “These include physical activity, healthy eating, social connectedness, family violence, smoking, alcohol, gambling, education and employment.

“We have worked closely with community members and local partners to identify these areas and we recognise that in order to achieve change across any of these areas, we will need their continued involvement.

“This new plan is a plan for the whole of the community. It describes how we as Council want to work with the community to create a City where every person can lead a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.

“When we spoke to people about their health and wellbeing, many knew about the importance of things like eating healthy food, getting more exercise and spending time with family and friends, but often there was a gap between this aspiration and daily reality.

“Therefore, one of the things we are focusing on in the plan is making healthy choices, easier choices for people. An example is supporting residents to walk or cycle to the local shops instead of driving, by improving the City’s footpaths and cycling paths.

“The Hume Health and Wellbeing Plan responds to other key health and wellbeing issues in Hume City; including the City’s ageing population, the rising prevalence of chronic disease and the future impacts of climate change.

The Plan is based on extensive research and community consultation conducted over the last 12 months.” The Hume Health and Wellbeing Plan and a Year 1 Action Plan are on public exhibition until 12 January 2018.

Anyone who lives, works and plays in the City is encouraged to provide feedback on the plan. Residents can pick up a copy at the Hume Global Learning Centres in Broadmeadows and Craigieburn and at all of Council’s Leisure Centres and Customer Service centres.

Residents can also view the Plan and complete a short survey online here

Posted on 2:00 PM, 4 December 2017

Updated : 3:05 PM, 4 December 2017

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