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Senator Guy Barnett's 2006 healthy lifestyle forum.

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Senator Guy Barnett’s 2006 Healthy Lifestyle Forum

Wednesday, 9th August, 2006

Wednesday 18 October 2006, 9.00am - 4.30pm Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

This forum — the seventh in a series of Healthy Lifestyle Forums hosted by Senator Guy Barnett — will gather together a variety of speakers and guests who, through their expertise and influence, can contribute to reducing obesity in Australia.


Participation in the forum is by invitation only with the aim of bringing an elite group of nutrition and health experts together with industry and policy leaders in areas such as the food sector, government, education, advertising, urban transport, planning and physical activity.

This forum will seek to deliver practical policy measures that can be implemented now to stem the obesity epidemic in Australia, particularly amongst our young. An innovative day-long program will include a selection of formal presentations by internationally recognised experts as well as whole-of-forum discussions on building new partnerships and delivering new policy frameworks.


Guy Barnett became a Senator for Tasmania in February 2002 and was re-elected for a six-year term in October 2004. He has held six Healthy Lifestyle Forums across Australia and has spoken on the subject at forums and conferences around the world. Through his forums he has achieved significant policy reforms including the mandating of at least two hours of physical education and activity within the primary school curriculum each week; strict guidelines for food and drink sales in Australian school canteens; and benchmarking of Australian children’s weight and levels of physical activity.

Senator Barnett is a member of the Senate’s Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee and the Community Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Government’s Health and Ageing policy committee and an executive member of the Parliamentary Diabetes Support Group. Prior to entering the Parliament, he practiced law and later operated his own award-winning public and government relations business.