Gladstone Regional Council cietician Marina Chang (left), human and social services coordinator Cheryl Barrett, CEO Stuart Randle and the Heart Foundation's Bruce Macdonald (right) at the award ceremony.
Gladstone Regional Council cietician Marina Chang (left), human and social services coordinator Cheryl Barrett, CEO Stuart Randle and the Heart Foundation's Bruce Macdonald (right) at the award ceremony. Contributed

Heart Foundation gives council programs tick of approval

GLADSTONE Regional Council has been given the tick of approval by the Queensland Heart Foundation.

The council has been recognised for hosting three programs at the Discovery Coast Community Health Service in Agnes Water.

The programs included the Community Cove Garden, the Discovery Food Trail and the Health Everyday Cooking Classes.

Council received an award in the "Highly Commended in councils with populations greater than 15,000 populations" category.

Mayor Gail Sellers extended her congratulations to Discovery Coast dietician Marina Chang and social services co-ordinator Cheryl Barrett.

"We recognise council plays a pivotal role in introducing structural change, implementing policies and creating supportive environments which allow people to be physically active, reduce smoking and improve their nutrition," Cr Sellers said.

"We are proud supporters of programs that improve the health and understanding of our communities."

Cr Sellers said the awards were important because they recognised the outstanding achievements of local governments in the continuing fight against heart disease.

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in Australia.

Heart Foundation representative Bruce Macdonald thanked the council's chief executive Stuart Randle, Cr Sellers and the staff for their efforts.

Council was presented with a small award on Thursday.