The Heart Foundation’s is dedicated to reducing premature death and suffering from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia.
Prevention through modification of lifestyle risk factors of heart disease such as physical inactivity and poor nutrition is vital. We cannot keep promoting individuals to change their behaviour. We have to create environments that make healthier choices the easier choices, and encourgae more South Australians to be more active more often.
Active living is a way of life where physical activity is part of our daily routines. We want neighbourhoods to be planned so that people can easily walk or cycle to schools, shops, parks, and public transport. This means healthier lifestyles for local residents, a more social neighbourhood and it provides both economic and environmental benefits.
Being active is good for the health of South Australians, our economy and our environment.
Government and other agencies achieve more when they work together to develop public policies and plan neighbourhoods that support active living.
The Heart Foundation works in partnership with a range of industry, government, non-government and academic partners to achieve positive change. Our evidence-based resources support built environment, government and health professionals to make our cities and towns healthier places to live.
The Healthy by Design SA website is a toolbox for creating liveable active places and spaces in South Australia. Many of the resources and information provided on this website have been developed locally for and by South Australians.
The Healthy By Design SA guidelines were developed in 2012 with the support of the SA Active Living Coalition. The members of the SA Active Living Coalition included:
– Heart Foundation (SA Division)
– Department for Health and Ageing
– Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
– Renewal SA
– Planning Institute of Australian, SA Division
– Office of Recreation and Sport
– Local Government Recreation Forum