OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle) is a program that supports children, through their families and communities, to be healthy now, and stay healthy for life. OPAL was first established in South Australia in 2009 has been rolled out across other South Australian councils and has been active in 20 local communities across the State and one additional community in the Northern Territory. OPAL is part of an expanding network of international, community-based obesity prevention programs and was based on the successful Epode program from France.

Funding for the OPAL Program in Port Augusta ceased in 2016. However, resources remain on Council's website to encourage families to be active and maintain healthy eating habits.

OPAL Health messages have included:

Life looks brighter outside - enjoy the day with outdoor play   A healthy brekky is easy as peel a banana, pour milk on cereal, pop grainy bread in the toaster   Think Feet First: Step, Cycle, Scoot to School   Make it a fresh snack   Give the screen a rest   Water the original cool drink

Why is OPAL valuable?

Wouldn’t it be great to...

  • give your children the best chance to be healthy
  • live in a community where there are lots of ways to enjoy being active
  • discover safe scenic paths to cycle or walk to work and school
  • develop skills for preparing delicious meals that are good for you and your family
  • understand food labels so you can plan healthy meals for your family
  • feel healthier and have more energy to do the things you enjoy?

Children and adults who are active and enjoy healthy eating are more likely to live a healthy life. That means you and your children may have:

  • more energy
  • more confidence
  • better sleep
  • better health – with less risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and some cancers
  • stronger bones and healthier joints.

Being active and enjoying healthy eating are also great ways to relax and spend time with family and friends. As well as keeping you and your family healthy, these beneficial lifestyle choices can make our whole community a more rewarding place to live – where people have fewer long-term health problems.

Some of the programs and projects we are currently working on include:

  • Grants and resources to assist agencies to provide healthy food options at community events
  • Home Harvest program and the Port Augusta Planting Guide to support local families to learn more about vegetable gardening
  • Grants and resources to assist sporting clubs and community groups to provide healthier food and drink options
  • Education and training
  • Promotion of healthier food choices through food retailers such as supermarkets, local butchers and cafes
  • Promoting affordable, tasty recipes and meal ideas for families
  • Promotion of healthy catering and healthy breakfast ideas at primary schools and preschools

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