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NT communities hold Live Longer! Healthy Community Day

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Minister for Indigenous Health Federal Member for Lingiari

24 June 2011


Member for Lingiari and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today said the communities of Yarralin and Yuendumu are among more than 60 communities across Australia funded to host a Live Longer! Healthy Community Day.

“This weekend Yarralin community will hold a Healthy Living Concert, which will include a competition between local bands performing songs created around healthy living messages.

“Those attending the concert will be provided with a healthy lunch and receive information and advice on health checks from local health service providers.

“This event will encourage local community members to get involved in a great social event, and learn about some key factors that affect their health and wellbeing,” Mr Snowdon said.

Mr Snowdon said from July 14 Yuendumu community will hold a Chronic Disease Week to inform community members about chronic disease and the steps they can take to improve their health, from healthy eating, exercise and engaging with local health services.

The Healthy Community Days are part of a $21.3 million investment to establish and run local community campaigns to promote healthy lifestyle messages and to help extend the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a life expectancy 11 years less than non-Indigenous Australians and the Australian Government has set the target to close that gap within a generation.

Mr Snowdon said Live Longer! is unique because it is tailored for each community and features messages that respond in a meaningful way to the particular concerns and health priorities of local communities.

“It is designed to encourage Indigenous people to become more involved in their own health promotion - designing, developing and distributing health messages for their own communities.

“The Live Longer! campaign is unlike other main health campaigns we have seen in this space because it focuses less on the blunt negative health ‘warnings’ and takes a more positive and local approach to some of the simple steps we can all take to improve our health outlook,” Mr Snowdon said.

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