Feb 13
Healthy Town Challenge to be launched at Oberon Show

The Oberon Health Council is excited to announce the local launch of the Healthy Town Challenge at the Oberon show on Saturday the 18th of February.

After securing a grant through the Healthy Towns Challenge, and in partnership with Oberon Council, the Oberon Health Council and Oberon Multipurpose Service (MPS) will offer a health promotion program targeting exercise, healthy eating and mental health well-being.

Chair of Oberon Health Council, Elaine Boxer said she hopes the program will make a difference to the health and well-being of the Oberon community.

“The program will help to make free drinking-water easily available throughout Oberon, by promoting new drinking water stations at several locations around town. The water stations will be a new addition to town, thanks to a separate grant secured by the Health Council and Oberon Shire Council," Elaine said.

“We will also be promoting drinking water as an alternative to sports or soft drinks, particularly through sport coaches, school sports teachers and the various exercise groups in the community. Sporting groups will be encouraged to register for the 2017 training season of 'Finish with the Right Stuff' program."

The other major focus of Oberon's Healthy Town Challenge will be a registration in the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service to address the rising incidence of obesity in the community.

“The Oberon Youth Council will also be active in recruiting young members of the community to participate in an associated Fun Run as part of the program," Elaine said.

“Anyone is welcome to join Oberon's Get Healthy Challenge, and I'd encourage anyone to come along to the Oberon show for our launch to hear more and join up to the program."

The Healthy Town Challenge is a joint initiative of the Heart Foundation and NSW Health.

The Heart Foundation's NSW Director of Health Programs, Julie Anne Mitchell, is also planning on attending the launch of Oberon's program at the Oberon Show on 18 February.

For more information on Oberon's Healthy Town Challenge program please contact Elaine Boxer on (02) 6336 0441. The Oberon Health Council will also have a stand at the Oberon Show.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au