OPAL is a joint program of State and Local Governments within South Australia, built on the European success story of EPODE. The program works with a range of people in the community to positively change attitudes and behaviours related to healthy eating and physical activity, with the intention of increasing the proportion of 0 - 18 year olds within a healthy weight range.
OPAL has a whole of community approach and therefore operates across a number of settings including; non-government agencies, schools, kindergartens, childcare, health services, community service providers, libraries, sports and recreation facilities, local supermarkets and of course with council.
For more information about the OPAL program, visit the state OPAL website at www.opal.sa.gov.au
OPAL has worked across two catchment areas (north and south) within the City of Playford. The northern catchment of OPAL ran between 2009 and 2014, covering suburbs of Elizabeth North, Smithfield Plains, Andrews Farm, Davoren Park, Elizabeth West, Smithfield, Munno Para, Munno Para West, and Munno Para Downs.
The southern catchment ran between 2011 and 2016, covering suburbs of Elizabeth, Elizabeth South, Elizabeth Grove, Elizabeth Vale, Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth East, Elizabeth Park, and Hillbank. The OPAL initiative ended its term within Playford in 2016.
Please click on the following links to view the Achievements Booklets for OPAL in the City of Playford:
A range of useful links, downloadable resources, and program resources for educational settings is available via the Resources & Useful Links page.
Carrying on from the work of OPAL, the City of Playford is continuing to promote healthy lifestyles through the following activities:
For further information regarding these activities, please contact Amy (Manager Community Development) on 8256 0236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPAL was supported by Mayor Glenn Docherty, the City of Playford Council, and the Government of South Australia.