Warning: attending a sport, racing or arts venue may be beneficial to your health

Billie Corti, D'Arcy Holman, R.J. Donovan, S.K. Frizzell, A.M. Carroll

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Concerted efforts to create health-promoting sport, racing and arts venues have become possible since the advent of health promotion foundations in four of Australia's eight states and territories. Large numbers of Australians attend sport, racing and arts venues in pursuit of leisure activities. There is evidence that sport and racing participants and spectators, and certain subgroups of the arts community, have adverse risk-factor profiles that make them an ideal target for health promotion interventions. Through the use of sponsorship, health promotion foundations 'purchase' health-promoting policies in sport, racing and arts settings-policies that have the potential to become institutionalised once sponsorship dollars are depleted. This paper discusses the policies 'purchased' by the foundations and outlines a comprehensive surveillance and evaluation system developed for the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation. The system monitors the implementation of health-promoting environments at the micro level (sponsorship project); intermediate level (sponsored group); and macro level (community). The article concludes by outlining some of the lessons learned in Western Australia. These provide the basis for development of best practice in working with sport, racing and arts groups, and other sectors outside health, to create health-promoting environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-376
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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