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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

14 October 2005 $1500 AVAILABLE FOR HEALTHY SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

Member for Wannon, David Hawker, is urging local schools to take advantage of a $1500 grant to promote healthy eating amongst children.

“All local schools are entitled to the $1500 grant under the Australian Government’s Healthy School Communities program,” he said.

“In addition, 50% of all schools are targeted to receive by 2007 the active-after schools community $90 million initiative.”

The $1500 grant is designed to promote healthy eating in both government and non -government schools, such as nutrition in school canteens. It can also be used to promote other activity such as healthy cooking classes, school vegetable classes and awards for students.

Mr Hawker is encouraging local schools to take up the offer after earlier this year discovering that a low number of schools had taken it up.

“The $15 million Healthy Schools Community grant is part of the Government’s $116 million national package to combat childhood obesity. Other parts of the package include $90 million for after school activity, a minimum two hours a week compulsory PE in schools and an $11 million information campaign for parents on healthy living,” he said.

"Childhood obesity is one of the new epidemics of the 21st Century. It has doubled in the past 10 years, while 40% of children either play no sport or do not engage in any physical activity, while more of them are eating fast food regularly.”

For more information on the program or to obtain an application form for the Healthy Schools Communities grant contact Mr Hawker’s electorate office at 190 Gray Street Hamilton on (03) 5572 1100.

Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006