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Community and Public Health in Mid Canterbury (Ashburton)
The Mid Canterbury region covers the central South Island between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers, and includes the main township of Ashburton. The district is one of the fastest growing in New Zealand, and is becoming more ethnically diverse with over the half the recent population increase resulting from arriving international migrants (2006 to 2011).
Community and Public Health provides services to the more than 33,000 people of this area, and is based at the Ashburton Hospital site.
The small team in Ashburton is made up of two health promoters and an administrator. These staff focus on:
- Working with local Māori to ensure available health services are promoted and accessible to Māori;
- Using the Health Promoting Schools framework to promote healthy food choices and healthy environments for physical activity in schools;
- Promoting healthy nutrition choices and healthy environments for physical activity in workplaces and the community; and
- Promoting the Smokefree message.
Christchurch-based staff support the Mid-Canterbury region to enforce the Smokefree Environments Act, and provide infectious disease and environmental health services.
The Ashburton office has a small Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public.
Consultation on introducing a Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Policy in Ashburton
Ashburton District Council media release: 21st September 2017
Ashburton District Council has agreed to consult the community and its staff on a draft Sugar-sweetened Beverages Policy for Council workplaces, facilities and Council run or sponsored events.
The Council’s proposed new policy is designed to support the health of its employees, elected members and visitors to Council facilities by limiting the sale and provision of sugar-sweetened beverages.
The accepted alternative choices to sugar-sweetened beverages under the draft policy are: water, 100% fruit juice, unsweetened milk, artificially-sweetened or zero sugar soft drinks, coffee and tea.
Mayor Donna Favel says the goal of limiting sugar-sweetened beverages at Council workplaces, facilities, and events is to have a positive impact on the current and future health of the Ashburton community. “The Council wants to set an example for the rest of the community in making positive health choices,” she says.
Find out more about the Ashburton draft sugar-sweetened beverage policy, including how to have your say.
Feedback on the policy will close on Sunday 22nd October 2017.