Healthy living and wellbeing

Adelaide has always been a city where the health and wellbeing of its residents is paramount.

When Colonel Light designed the city in 1837, his dream was to design a city that could grow in a sustainable way, while continuously supporting and enriching the wellbeing and quality of life of its residents.

Healthy ageing

Healthy ageing

The City of Adelaide offers a range of programs and services designed for the city’s senior residents. Find out more, and how you can get involved here.

Home support program

Home support program

Discover how the City of Adelaide provides a range of services through the CHSP that can help older residents remain in their own home, and if you are eligible.

Wellbeing of Adelaide Youth (WAY)

Wellbeing of Adelaide Youth (WAY)

Learn about Wellbeing of Adelaide Youth (WAY), an initiative of the City of Adelaide and various stakeholders, designed to give 18-24 year-old residents great wellbeing.

A strong foundation

He achieved this through planning a city with wide open boulevards, with open squares in each sector where the residents could come together with a sense of purpose and community, and by hugging the city in over 930 hectares of glorious Park Lands which were not only the lungs of the city, but a place to escape for recreation or contemplation.

The importance of healthy living and wellbeing

The City of Adelaide is committed to Light’s Vision of supporting the health and wellbeing of its residents.

In 2016 the City of Adelaide partnered with the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) to deliver a survey using the PERMA+ framework (PERMA stands for Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment. The ‘+’ encompasses optimism, physical activity, nutrition and sleep).

You can read a summary of the results of the baseline survey

Wellbeing roadmap

Based on the research undertaken, the City of Adelaide’s Wellbeing Roadmap was developed, and identified three key focus areas for the Council:

18 to 24 year olds

The results of the survey showed that 18 to 24 year olds living in the city could benefit from targeted opportunities to build their wellbeing and resilience. As a result, the City of Adelaide, in conjunction with strategic partners, has developed the WAY program.

Physical activity and nutrition

There is significant research showing the connection between people’s level of physical activity, nutritional intake and their personal wellbeing. The City of Adelaide has a range of initiatives to increase physical activity, including special exercise programs for seniors, and free fitness trails and running tracks throughout the city and Park Lands. 

In addition, it offers grants and incentives to eligible third parties to deliver programs. In its community centres and libraries, it offers a variety of healthy cooking classes and special opportunities to learn about nutrition.

Make sure you sign up to the Community newsletter to keep up to date with activities. 

Meaning and purpose

Research has shown the importance of having a sense of meaning and purpose in people’s overall wellbeing. The City of Adelaide continues to work closely with research institutes and thought leaders in this area to identify opportunities for evidence-based, innovative and smart initiatives that enable residents to enhance their sense of meaning and purpose.

Need more information?

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the work City of Adelaide is doing to support the health and wellbeing of our community, please contact one of the project officers:

Esme Barratt, Project Officer Community Wellbeing

08 8203 7526

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Emina Allegretti, Project Officer Community Resilience

08 8203 7049

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