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What is Well-being

Wellbeing is about people and creating the conditions for people to thrive. It’s quality of life and prosperity, positive physical and mental health and sustainable thriving communities.

In essence well-being is a more stable state of being well, feeling satisfied and contented.

The main focus for IBIS is to provide communities with quality goods and services at reasonable prices.  This is coupled with a secondary business focus of ‘community service obligation’.

The Healthy Choice Program is one way in which IBIS can give back to the communities through partnering with other agencies to support well-being initiatives in each community.  Not only does IBIS provide affordable foods, it also contributes to sporting events and well-being initiatives through ongoing donations and partnering with sporting associations to promote physical activity; all of which contribute to well-being.

What is ‘health’?

Overall health is achieved through a combination of physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 defined health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Nutrition, food supply and the food choices we make, affect all aspects of our overall health.  Good health therefore directly affects overall wellbeing.

This connection between health and well-being (and the role IBIS plays in providing quality goods) is where IBIS’s community service obligation commitment is evident.

How does IBIS help?

IBIS has recognised that it is well positioned to undertake initiatives to address and improve the health status of Indigenous Australians living in this region.

As the largest provider of food to the Torres Strait region and Northern Peninsula Region, through the affordable pricing policy and commitment to providing healthier choices, IBIS can be regarded as the conduit for improving the overall well-being of its customers.

Through partnering with other agencies, and through education and training, the promotion of healthier choices is able to be relayed to a broader base, and subsequently contributing to healthier communities.

The development of the IBIS Healthy Lifestyle Guide booklet is another initiative that is supporting healthier communities.

Download the IBIS Healthy Lifestyle Guide

Other initiatives have included:

Through the employment of a Store Nutritionist, education sessions were delivered at schools through the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area.  Included in these sessions activities where students turned fruit and vegetables into ‘fun’ snacks and where students assisted in cooking for the broader community.

In store activities included store tours for other agencies, in store cooking demonstrations and also activities that highlighted the sugar content in foods.

The Healthy Choice Program has ensured it works with local Indigenous community members and groups to ensure activities are appropriate and effective. By working together and helping each other to achieve a common goal, increased community participation has been achieved.

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