Government introduces new grants and school’s competition to tackle obesity
Posted on Wednesday, 13 June 2007
The Australian Government has launched a new grants program and schools competition in Pearce that is focused on preventing obesity and chronic disease.
The Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan has encouraged all community groups and schools to apply for a Healthy Active Australia Community and School Grant of between $10,000 and $200,000, for projects that promote healthy living.
“It is important that we encourage everyone in our local community to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to lower the incidence of obesity and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” Ms Moylan said.
“These grants will assist community groups to establish projects that will help people who are at risk.”
Ms Moylan said it was vital to teach people healthy lifestyle habits from a young age and has urged Pearce primary schools to enter the Government’s new competition.
“Our schools can play an important role in helping the wider community promote a healthy active lifestyle to children, and the government is pleased to recognise that contribution,” Ms Moylan explained.
“Schools could win $10,000 worth of fitness or playground equipment if they are the WA winner, or $2,500 worth of fitness or playground equipment if they are the WA runner up.”
The funding for the project is being provided under the Australian Better Health Initiative, a four year, $500 million joint venture of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, to promote wellbeing and better management of chronic disease.
More information can be found at www.healthyactive.gov.au.