Dandenong initiatives to fight heart disease reap rewards

September 15, 2016 by  

Greater Print company in Dandenong printing services Dandenong Council’s efforts to help keep residents free from heart disease have gained recognition from the Heart Foundation Print company in Victoria printing services Victoria.

The Council has received the Heart Foundation’s Local Government Award for populations in excess of 25,000.

When making the recent presentation, CEO Kellie-Ann Jolly applauded two initiatives of Council that encouraged people to take part in more physical activities while also providing sound community consultation.

She said the Ross Reserve Youth and Urban Skate Park really impressed the judges who believed it had become an important youth precinct that provided recreational and social opportunities for the entire community, including young people, children and families.

A greater commitment to walkability was also recognised in the Greater Dandenong Walking Strategy, which gained the green light from Council last year. The introduction of activities and improvements has already begun.

Council uses a number of marketing services to promote its initiatives and the need for locals to engage in physical activity to keep them happy and healthy.

Jolly said that, according to statistics, heart disease is the main killer of women and men throughout Australia.

The Heart Foundation awards, which have been held for the past 24 years, are one way to recognise some of the outstanding initiatives being introduced by local governments to help reduce the numbers of people affected, she said.

The latest win gives Dandenong Council an opportunity to also compete in the national awards to be held later in 2016.