Healthy Canberra Grants take aim at obesity

Released 20/02/2014

Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today announced the successful applicants for the $2.2m Healthy Canberra Grants program which supports non-government programs aimed at reducing obesity in the ACT community.

"The Healthy Canberra Grants are a key feature of the ACT Government's Towards Zero Growth initiative that was introduced last year and the programs that these grants will fund include a range of programs focused on reducing obesity in different sectors of our community," the Chief Minister said.

"The government decided to restructure the Healthy Canberra Grants in order to allocate larger amounts of funding to a small group of successful applicants who have proven their ability to maximise the benefits of their projects to the wider ACT community."

The successful applicants in this round of the Healthy Canberra Grants include:

  • ACT Medicare Local – Connect up for kids program which will develop better pathways for obesity prevention for children while guiding families through health promotion advice, child health assessments, primary health care services and community-based programs
  • The Physical Activity Foundation – Ride or walk to school program which builds the capacity of schools to encourage students to use active modes of transport for school travel.
  • YMCA of Canberra – Take Off! with the Y and Bluearth Enhance healthy lifestyle options and experiences of over 2,500 children attending programs within the YMCA's Children's Services Unit
  • Heart Foundation ACT – Conduct the West Australian Live Lighter Campaign which is a population based education campaign aimed at improving health outcomes, through encouraging adults to make healthier lifestyle choices. This successful program was developed and implemented in Western Australia and will be tailored to the ACT population.
  • Gordon Primary School – Lanyon Cluster of Primary Schools Every Chance to Dance program which will allow for full implementation of the 'Kulturebreak' program to the Lanyon cluster of primary schools.

"There is no silver bullet to reduce the incidence of obesity in our community and I am confident that these programs will target a wide cross-section of the community to teach people about how they can lead healthier lifestyles and in turn reduce their weight," the Chief Minister said.

"The community partners funded under Healthy Canberra Grants enable us to help improve physical activity levels and healthy eating habits for families and kids, and will also encourage health care services to participate in the fight against obesity."

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