Barossa Co-op roll out Healthy Towns Challenge workshop

Barossa Co-op staff, with Health Minister in October 2018 who welcomed the Healthy Towns Challenge, now invite the public to join workshops. Photo: Michelle O'Rielly
Barossa Co-op staff, with Health Minister in October 2018 who welcomed the Healthy Towns Challenge, now invite the public to join workshops. Photo: Michelle O'Rielly

If you have the time and energy then Barossa Co-op invites you to support a fun and exciting health lifestyle challenge, also supported both the state government and UniSA.

In March, two workshops will run in a bid to improve healthy outcomes for the Barossa community.

It also stems from data highlighted in a state government-led survey, revealing that rural South Australians experience higher rate of chronic diseases than city counterparts.

'This can be partly explained by lower levels of exercise in rural communities and the prevalence of less healthy food options and lifestyle choices,' the survey showed.

Co-op CEO Neil Retallick said the first step in their program is to gain the community's understanding on healthy choices.

Secondly, he said the team seeks the community's assistance in designing a community-wide program to promote healthy choices for everyday living.

"Residents in our local community are invited to participate in workshops to be held at the Co-op Fresh Foodland in Nuriootpa," Mr Retallick.

"Participants will be asked about their past experiences with making healthier and not so healthy choices, and guided to create their own campaigns using innovative facilitation techniques."

The workshops will run for about 90-minute.

"There will be lots of fun and the opportunity to learn more about how to make healthier choices every day," Mr Retallick said.

"It will provide better outcomes if the participants are a cross-section of all ages, gender and occupations."

As an added bonus, each participant will be rewarded for their time with a $20 Co-op voucher, plus light refreshment will be offered in each workshop.

Workshop dates are Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5 from 5pm or 7pm.

Mr Retallick stressed that all details provided through the workshops is completely confidential and only identifiable by allocated ID numbers to ensure anonymity.

"All data will be stored for five years on a computer in a locked office in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia," he said.

"You will not be identified in any communication of the results of the study."

This program has been approved by the UniSA's Human Research Ethics Committee. Those interested in participating will need to secure a spot by contacting The Co-op member services office on 8568 6001.

For any ethical concerns about the program or questions about your rights as a participant, contact the committee executive officer on 8302 3118 or email: vicki.allen@unisa.edu.au.

The next round of funding to promote healthy regional communities has opened, for details visit SA Health website.