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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 (the Ashburton District), with Ashburton as the main township. The area is one of the fastest growing rural districts 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;
- supporting workplaces through the WorkWell programme; 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.
Celebrate Wellness Week at free body balance class
Ashburton District Council media release: 27th October 2020
Wellness Week 2020 is happening from Monday 2nd November 2020 in the Ashburton District.
The Council is inviting residents to get into the spirit of health and movement and take part in a free Body Balance class in Baring Square West (Ashburton).
Staff from the EA Networks Centre will run the free class at 12.30pm on Monday and all are welcome.
A limited number of exercise mats will be available, but people who have their own are encouraged to bring theirs along.