This document reports on an evaluation of components of the City of Marion Healthy Communities Initiative 2011 – 2014. The project is funded by the Australian Government under the Healthy Communities Initiative, Local Government Area Grants Phase 2 funding scheme. The project started in June 2011 and was due for completion in June 2013 but this has been extended to September 2014, with no additional funding.

The project aims to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity within the adult population (18 years and older) living in the City of Marion by maximising participation in proven or innovative physical activity and healthy eating programs, with specific emphasis on those living in four selected suburbs and who are predominantly not in the paid workforce. Programs and activities include free or low cost community meals, healthy eating and cooking classes, edible gardens programs, exercise sessions and walking groups. Opportunities to socialise complement the educational, physical activity and healthy eating sessions. Volunteers trained through the program form a large part of the workforce implementing activities, and pathways from participation to volunteering to training and paid employment have been established. More recently the project has been successful in establishing a number of policies and models that should have an impact at a structural level. These initiatives are likely to be sustained through being embedded within the City of Marion and may flow on to other local governments. 

This publicaiton is available to download: City of Marion Healthy Communities Evaulation Report 2013 (PDF 383KB)