1st Apr 2015

Congress to offer healthy lifestyle checks for young people at Lightning Carnival

This Easter Weekend, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress will offer young people between the age of 15 and 24 years of age, a healthy lifestyle check including a sexual health screen at the popular Lightning Carnival in Alice Springs.

“Events such as the Lightening Football Carnival are a great opportunity for attracting young people, and enables engagement with many young people about important health issues including alcohol, tobacco and sexual health, at one time,” explained General Manager of Congress’ Alice Springs Health Services, Tracey Brand.

“In Australia, the number of young people affected by sexually transmissible infections remains high, as it does here in Central Australia and we need to try to screen and treat a large number of young people at one time to make a difference.

“Efforts such as this are examples of targeted prevention which remains fundamental to the national response and Congress’ ongoing commitment to improve health outcomes,” said Ms Brand.

To encourage young people and achieve sufficient health checks, Congress is offering young people who complete a healthy lifestyle check, a $30 Woolworths card to be used for food, fuel or phone credit.

In addition to health screening services, the Congress Healthy Lifestyle Team will be available to offer support and guidance to young people in relation to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, diet, physical activity and stress management. Congress also continues to deliver its Community Health Education Program which provides culturally and age appropriate health education, including sexual health and healthy relationships support, to young people.

If you are between the age of 15 and 24, visit the Congress information tent between 1pm and 5pm on Friday 3rd April, and 12pm and 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday to access a healthy lifestyle check including sexual health screening as well as health information and advice.

For more information call Tanya at Congress on (08) 8958 4886.