Act – Belong – Commit for better health and wellbeing

VOLUNTEERING, keeping active and promoting a mentally healthy workplace are among the ingredients for a healthy life, according to a new campaign being rolled out across the region.

Alpine Shire Council has signed on to be part of “Act – Belong – Commit”, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of both physical and mental health.

Council’s Facilities and Engagement Officer David Stokie said the campaign encouraged residents of all ages to approach their health from a holistic viewpoint.

“Act – Belong - Commit is about more than physical health, it’s about encouraging people to take their mental health into account too,” he said.

“Mental health is influenced by many factors, including risk factors such as unemployment, drug or alcohol abuse, or protective (positive) factors such as strong social networks and meaningful employment, whether paid or volunteer.”

Community Forums to outline the aims of Act – Belong – Commit will be held in Bright, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty in July.

The forums will inform community groups and organisations how they can help promote positive mental health by building social cohesion and community resilience.

Bright – Thursday, 19 July from 6:30pm - 7:30pm;

Myrtleford – Tuesday, 24 July from 6:30pm - 7:30pm; and

Mt Beauty – Thursday, 26 July from 6:30pm - 7:30pm.

Please RSVP by Friday, 13 July. For more information contact David Stokie on 5755 0555.

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