City plans to tackle unhealthy lifestyles

The plan provides a framework for the City to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and sustain programs, opportunities and services around its identified key areas.

It was developed to show the City�s health, leisure and arts profile and how the City was performing in those areas.

It identified its key priority areas as physical activity, healthy eating, alcohol and the arts.

The plan highlighted where the City sat in regards to these priorities and what actions could be taken to address the issues, if any.

The plan lifted figures from the South Metropolitan Public Health Unit (SMPU), which showed 53.1 per cent of residents in the City of Belmont did not do enough physical activity, above the WA state average of 46.4 per cent.

The SMPU figures also showed the City had a higher percentage of residents who did not eat enough fruit and vegetables, compared to the state average.

The City plans to create and promote sustainable programs and health campaigns to address health issues, which include facilitating community-wide physical activity programs and to communicate healthy eating programs.

The plan identified that alcohol contributed towards the death of 22 per cent of City residents who died in 2011 and more than a quarter of the City population aged 16 years and older consumed alcohol at levels associated with long term harm.

The City�s strategy to tackle the alcohol issue is to educate and advocate for the safe consumption of alcohol.

In 2014, the City conducted an Arts Facilities Feasibility Study.

It concluded that the City had a range of community facilities which could be used for arts programs, however dedicated art spaces were limited and appropriate spaces for performing arts were lacking.

The plan to promote arts within the City is to investigate funding opportunities and work with the community.