Playford punches above its weight and wins national title for tackling heart disease and fighting obesity.A few weeks after baby number three was born, Playford mum ‘Latisha’ decided she wanted to get fitter and healthier for herself and her family. “..So when my friend told me about Live Life Get Active I decided to come along,” she said. The free fitness camps are held at Fremont Park and Elizabeth Grove and in less than 2 years boast more than 560 members with a combined weight loss of 537 kilograms (of the participants that entered their data). “Ten weeks later I'm fitter and stronger and my love for working out is back again. It's free, it's a great atmosphere, the workouts are amazing and suitable for every fitness level.’ Mayor Glenn Docherty says Playford offers a number of healthy initiatives including nutritious meal packs and free fitness and exercise classes. “It’s part of our ongoing commitment to improve health and wellbeing in our community,” he said. It’s also the reason why the City of Playford has been named the Australian Winner in the ‘Councils with populations greater than 50,000’ category by the Heart Foundation, according to SA Director Rachel McKay.“The ‘Secombe St Reserve’ initiative was a standout, providing free sporting clinics, creating an environment that supports and encourages physical activity participation and social inclusion for children who would not otherwise access such opportunities,” Ms McKay said. The ‘Easy Meals’ initiative provides simple budget ($8.50 or less) family meal packs containing a recipe and all ingredients to feed four people, while meeting strict nutritional criteria. This initiative is achieving great results and could be replicated in other councils. Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said it was a fantastic achievement to receive this accolade from such a reputable organisation; “We are honoured to be recognised as Australia’s hardest working council to promote healthy eating and physical activity”.
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