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$47,000 to promote healthy lifestyles in Narooma.

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Media Release

Mike Kelly MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

August 16 2008 08-118

$47,000 to promote healthy lifestyles in Narooma

Narooma Public School is one of 190 schools and community organisations around Australia receiving a total of $17.6 million from the Rudd Government to run local programs promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

“I’m pleased to announce Narooma’s been given $47,260 through the Healthy Active Australia Community and School Grants Program, as part of the Australian Better Health Initiative (ABHI),” the Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly said.

“Our Government is committed to measures that prevent the development of chronic diseases. It starts with educating our children to help them make positive and healthy life choices.”

The Narooma Public School project will give school children and their families from disadvantaged backgrounds and the Aboriginal community comprehensive information and practical experience on choosing and eating healthier meals.

“This includes growing fresh organic vegetables and making vegetables into healthy meals, learning about nutritional contents of foods and effect of vitamins and minerals on the body,” Dr Kelly said.

“It will also teach oral, physical and emotional health, physical exercise and 'healthy' body weights.”

Other funding around Australia includes projects that will:

• increase physical activity and healthy eating in a school by introducing programs including dance (hip hop), aerobics, Pilates, yoga, gym, and fitness circuit. Physical activities will be supported by students designing menus and preparing healthy lunches through nutrition information sessions; and

• train teachers and Aboriginal community leaders to develop and sustain healthy living programs, through a multi-level strategy of using undergraduate students from health disciplines to work with local groups on locally designed nutrition or active living projects, supported by cultural mentors.

Successful applicants included a mix of government and non-government schools as well as TAFE and childcare centres. A small number of community organisations have also been provided with grants.

“Local issues require local solutions and Narooma Public School is in a good position to identify these and act accordingly,” Dr Kelly said. “The Community and Schools Grants Program provides funding for local programs that promote healthier lifestyles.”

Media inquiries: Terry Bransdon 0488 499 166.