Heart Foundation staff met with members of the Fraser Coast Regional Council to award them with the 2014 Heart Foundation Local Government Award.
Heart Foundation staff met with members of the Fraser Coast Regional Council to award them with the 2014 Heart Foundation Local Government Award. Contributed

Council recognised for fighting heart disease

WIDE Bay takes the cake when it comes to high obesity levels across Queensland, but Fraser Coast Regional Council has been recognised for combating unhealthy life styles.

The council has received the 2014 Heart Foundation Local Government Award for its contribution to tackling heart disease in the region.

Heart Foundation Queensland chief executive Stephen Vines said the awards highlighted the significant role of local governments in helping reduce the risk for serious disabling diseases, such as heart disease.

"These awards are important as they showcase the outstanding achievements of local governments in the continuing fight against heart disease - the single biggest killer of Australian men and women," he said.

Mr Vines said local governments played a pivotal role in introducing structural change, implementing policies and creating supportive environments that encourage people to be physically active, eat healthier and quit smoking.

Fraser Coast regional councillor Robert Garland said the award was testament to the dedication and hard work by many people in the region.

"It is such wonderful news to acknowledge the Fraser Coast Regional Council and contributors such as the fitness groups, volunteers and residents who have worked hard," Councillor Garland said.