Central Desert Shire Council has been recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease at the 2013 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards, announced on 28th August 2013.
The Council received a Rising Heart Encouragement Award in the Healthy Community Awards populations of 15,000 or less category. "This is the third year in a row that the Council has been recognised in this way" said Shire President Adrian Dixon. "This shows that the Council has a long term commitment to improving the health of our Communities. Activities such as the CDSDC Women's Softball Competiton are great ways of involving women in sport and promoting fun, healthy activities and I am very proud of the Council's achievements."
The awards are important because they recognise the outstanding achievements of local governments in the continuing fight against heart disease – the number one killer of Australian men and women.
“Local governments play a pivotal role in introducing structural change, implementing policies and creating supportive environments which allow people to be physically active, reduce smoking and improve their nutrition,” said Dorothy Morrison CEO Heart Foundation Northern Territory.
Now in their 20th year, the awards were established to recognise initiatives from local governments that have contributed to improving heart health in Australian communities.
The Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards provide an opportunity for local government to celebrate their achievements and receive recognition for their commitment to creating healthier communities.