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Supporting healthy local schools.

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20 July 2006


Local schools are set to open a special ‘kids’ café’, grow vegetable gardens and call in dieticians under a plan to promote healthy eating among our young.

It’s part of the Australian Government’s $15 million Healthy School Communities Program.

This is a terrific program which offers grants to school organisations for initiatives that help parents and children develop healthy eating habits.

It provides school communities with a $1,500 grant to help them to spread the healthy diet message.

Blackwood Primary School is planning to set up and run a ‘kids’ café’ with backing from volunteers, to help students learn to prepare healthy café style foods.

Glen Osmond Primary and Coromandel Valley Primary Schools will plant vegetable gardens. These will not only reinforce healthy eating messages, but they also provide produce for the school.

Seacombe High and Belair Primary School are to implement a health school canteen policy by purchasing equipment for the production and safe storage of healthy foods and promote healthy food alternatives.

Other schools, including Clapham Primary, Urrbrae Agricultural High and St Anthony’s School at Edwardstown will engage nutritionists or dieticians to discuss health eating with students and parents.

In a world of rising obesity, we are working to promote healthy living. Kids of today face the twin dangers of lack of exercise and easy access to fatty and sugary foods.

I applaud the local schools for taking up this initiative from the Australian Government to improve the health of the future adults of Australia.

The Healthy School Communities grant offer has been extended and schools are encouraged to apply while funds are still available. Grant applications and information are available from