One-stop shop opens for nutrition advice

Released 12/03/2015

A new $419,000 three-year grant to provide community organisations and individuals with convenient nutrition support via the phone or online was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.

The ACT Nutrition Support Service will be run by Nutrition Australia ACT, who received funding for the program as part of the Healthy Canberra Grants. The service is available to community organisations, early childhood centres, schools, disability services and aged care facilities.

“We know that being overweight or obese is a serious health issue worldwide, and that in the majority of cases, being overweight or obese is linked to poor dietary choices,” Mr Corbell said.

“The 2014 Chief Health Officer’s Report found that 63 per cent of ACT adults were overweight or obese, and this rate was increasing.

“There are both social and economic costs associated with obesity, and having an increasing rate of people with weight problems means that more people in our community will be at risk of developing chronic health conditions. These include some cancers, type 2 diabetes, mental health conditions, reproductive complications, sleep apnoea and heart conditions.

“The social impact of obesity on patients and their families is great, and the economic impact this has on our health system is significant.

The ACT Nutrition Support Service will offer free nutritional advice over the phone from accredited practicing dieticians who will tailor programs to address the specific areas of concern and they will help people within these settings to increase the amounts of healthy foods and drinks consumed.

“The ACT Nutrition Support Service website will also have a range of information that is tailored for each of the community service sectors, including food and drink guidelines, nutrition policy templates, fact sheets, healthy recipes, and sample menu plans,” Mr Corbell said.

“By providing a one-stop-shop for community organisations and individuals to access evidence-based nutrition advice, the Nutrition Support Service will help to address the prevalence of overweight and obesity within the ACT,” Minister Corbell said.

More information about the ACT Nutrition Support Service is available online at:

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