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Holland Park State High takes on the healthy eating challenge.



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HOLLAND PARK STATE HIGH TAKES ON THE HEALTHY EATING CHALLENGE

Thursday, 13 October 2005

Students at Holland Park State High School are benefiting from a healthy eating initiative funded under the Australian Government’s Healthy School Communities Program, Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said today.

Mr Vasta said the $15 million program promotes healthy eating by offering schools and organisations linked to schools the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $1500 to promote healthy eating amongst school-aged children and their families.

“Holland Park State High has taken on the challenge and lead the way in promoting healthy eating among our school children and teenagers,” Mr Vasta said.

The school was granted $1500 to support the implementation of a healthy canteen policy, by purchasing equipment for the production and safe storage of healthy foods. A healthier canteen menu has been introduced which is set to benefit all students.

“I congratulate the school and encourage any other organisations linked to schools that haven’t taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity to do so and help encourage our children to make healthy food choices.”

“Childhood obesity is one of the new epidemics of the 21st Century and this is no surprise given that 40% of children either play no sport or do not engage in any physical activity. I believe this is a social war we must fight and win,” Mr Vasta said.

“I have recently written to all primary and high schools in the Bonner electorate reminding them of the Healthy School Communities Program and encouraging them to make an application for a grant if they have not done so already,” said Mr Vasta.

The Healthy School Communities grant offer is available until 1 December 2005. Grant applications and information are available from www.healthyactive.gov.au