District Council of Peterborough

Healthy Communities


Southern Flinders Life Healthy Communities Initiative is a Federal Government Funded Initiative.  It is a partnership of the five council regions of Mount Remarkable, Port Pirie, Northern Areas, Peterborough, and Orroroo/Carrieton catering for people aged 18 and over.  The program encourages the participation and whole of community approach to healthy living and tackles the ongoing issues of overweight, obesity and chronic disease.

Some of the outcomes of the project will include new activities such as community gardens, gyms, walking groups and healthy lifestyle education and training programs.   

More information available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/healthyactive/publishing.nsf/Content/healthy-communities

Our vision

The Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI): A Healthy Lifestyle Approach aims to help reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity within the target populations of participating communities by maximising the number of adults engaged in physical activity and healthy eating programs.


Programs include:


Heartmoves is a gentle physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn't done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Heartmoves is open to everyone and is designed to be safe for people with stable long term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or obesity. Heartmoves is run by accredited exercise professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate  intensity physical activity programs.

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How Heartmoves can help you

Taking part in regular Heartmoves sessions can help:

  • lower blood pressure
  • improve cholesterol control
  • manage weight
  • improve well being and quality of life
  • manage diabetes
  • improve balance and flexibility
  • improve sleep
  • improve bone mineral density with arthritis management
  • prevent falls and injuries from falls

Join a Heartmoves group today:

Wilmington  -  CWA Hall  -  1.30pm Wednesday

Orroroo  -  Community Gym  -  9.00 am and 10.00am Wednesday

Booleroo Centre  -  Community Gym  -  10.30am  Monday

Jamestown  -  Community Gym  -  10.30 Tuesdays

Port Pirie  -  Burn Health & Fitness Gym  -  10.30am Friday

For more information visit http://heartmoves.heartfoundation.org.au/program or to make a booking, please call us on 0439 871 247or email hcipo@mtr.sa.gov.au

HEAL (Healthy Eating Activity Lifestyle)

HEAL is a free 8-week x 2hr programme teaching the basics of better nutrition and introduces modified exercise for those wanting to get back to better health and fitness. Commencing soon to Booleroo Centre, Crystal Brook and Laura.  More information available at http://www.essa.org.au/for-gps/heal-program/.

Bookings:   Essential on 0439 871 247 or email hcipo@mtr.sa.gov.au
Cost:            Free

Walking Trails

No matter what age, we all need regular physical activity for good physical and mental health. It is recommended that adults include at least 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity on most, if not all days of the week.

Walking is a great way to be active. It is:

  • Simple - no instructors or membership needed
  • Inexpensive - no special equipment involved
  • Achievable - can be done nearly anywhere, anytime
  • Easy - just get up and walk

When you go for a walk it’s not just your body that benefits, the way you think and feel changes too. The world looks better and brighter.

For more information about the benefits of walking, visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/beactive and http://www.juststartwalking.com.au/

What’s been happening

During September community members were given the opportunity to participate in  a ‘FREE GARDEN WORKSHOP’ Presented by Karen Montgomery.

Horticulturist Karen has extensive experience working with Adelaide Botanic Gardens & presenting gardening & running horticultural courses in the community.  This was a free community workshop and participants learnt how to grow their very own edible garden in a box.  Participants received their very own fully set up garden box to take home (including seedlings) and hands on assistance to set their garden up. 

Seven community sessions were conducted including 3 school/preschool visits from the 23rd  September to 27th September 2013.  The workshop was well received with more than 200 participants over five towns participating in this experience.

Karen will be back in November to deliver the next series of garden workshops at more locations across the region.

To register contact Kate Abraham, Healthy Communities Initiative Coordinator on hcipo@mtr.sa.gov.au or telephone 0439 871 247.

Garden Workshops


Further information

For more information about the Healthy Communities Initiative or to find out more about these and other programs, please call Kate Abraham, Initiative Coordinator on 0439 871 247 or email hcipo@mtr.sa.gov.au.


The Healthy Communities Initiative is funded by the Australian Government.




District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066