Dec 2015: Healthy Families Rotorua was launched by the Minister of Health Honorable Dr Jonathan Coleman as part of the Government’s flagship Healthy Families NZ initiative aimed at improving people’s health where they live, learn, work and play in order to prevent chronic disease.
The event held at Rotorua Primary School, showcased healthy food options, and profiled marae, schools and kapa haka as health promotion settings in Rotorua.
Healthy Families Rotorua manager Leanne Morehu said the prevention team would be working with key individuals and organisations to identify, design and implement changes in local schools, workplaces and communities to help people make healthier choices and live healthier lives.
She said the goal was for early childhood centres, schools, workplaces, food outlets, sports clubs, marae, businesses, places of worship, local governments and health professionals to all play their part in supporting families and communities to eat well, be physically active, smoke-free and to only drink alcohol in moderation.
Healthy Families Rotorua is about thinking bigger, driving innovation and supporting good health in the places where people spend their time."
By working collaboratively with local leaders to influence transformational change in our communities, we can slow the growth of obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer,” she said.
Mayor Steve Chadwick and Minister Coleman cut a cake and a tree planting ceremony was during at the Healthy Families Rotorua launch to celebrate the city of Rotorua’s 135th birthday.