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450,000 children will learn healthy food habits under Labor



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THE HON CATHERINE KING MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

THE HON KATE ELLIS MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION SHADOW MINISTER FOR MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

450,000 CHILDREN WILL LEARN HEALTHY FOOD HABITS UNDER LABOR

Three hundred thousand more Australian children will get better nutrition and learn healthy food habits for life

under a Shorten Labor Government plan to expand the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.

After years of being ignored by Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, Labor will ensure the highly respected

program can now help about 450,000 school students choose the most nutritious food.

Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King, and Shadow Minister for Education and Member for Adelaide

Kate Ellis visited Blair Athol North School today to launch Labor’s ongoing commitment to the hugely

successful program, initiated by the highly respected food writer and chef.

One in four Australian children is overweight or obese. This is particularly concerning because early habits

and health outcomes tend to persist later in life.

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program addresses this problem by helping children form positive

food habits for life. It delivers and supports fun food education in schools like Blair Athol North, in partnership

with educators, parents and the wider community.

Labor rolled the program out nationally with a $13 million investment in the 2008-09 Budget, and later

continued the program with a further $5.4 million commitment.

Under Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, the program has received no federal support. But thanks to its

generous donors, the program still reaches 150,000 students in more than 1,000 schools.

A Shorten Labor Government will expand the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program with a $5 million

investment. Labor’s new commitment will allow the program to reach more than 300,000 additional students

over four years.

Labor’s commitment forms part of a $300 million investment to build healthy communities and prevent

chronic disease. As part of that package, Labor will also develop a National Nutrition Framework, continue

the National Children’s Nutrition Survey, and develop Australia’s first National Physical Activity Strategy.

Labor’s plan to build healthy communities and prevent chronic disease is at:

www.100positivepolicies.org.au/building_healthy_communities_and_preventing_chronic_disease_fact_sheet.

MONDAY, 27 JUNE 2016

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111