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Local schools encouraging healthy eating.



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Media Release 15 September 2005

LOCAL SCHOOLS ENCOURAGING HEALTHY EATING The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull said thanks to the Australian Government’s Healthy School Communities Program hundreds of children in schools throughout the region are benefiting from healthy eating initiatives.

Mrs Hull 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 for school children and their families.

“A number of schools in the Riverina have already taken advantage of this opportunity to promote healthy eating to our school children,” Mrs Hull said.

“Teaching children about the benefits of healthy eating is one of the most important life skills we can give them.

Some of the exciting local initiatives taking place in the Riverina include: • Developing a vegetable garden at Illabo Public School to grow fresh fruit and vegetables for school students to snack on during the day. • Gundagai South Public School has extended an existing breakfast program for students,

parents and community members enabling the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables for healthy snacks. • Mount Austin Public School in Wagga Wagga provides training to students and volunteers in food safety and the principles of good nutrition. • Students at Cootamundra’s Sacred Heart School will benefit from a vegetable garden to

promote healthy eating in addition to training for students and volunteers in food safety and nutrition. • Forest Hill Public School and Kooringal Public School have implemented a healthy school canteen policy and have purchased equipment for the production and storage of

healthy foods.

“There are a number of fantastic projects happening in schools throughout the region and I commend the school communities for coming up with exciting initiatives that encourage healthy eating. I encourage local schools and organisations linked to schools to submit an application for funding and develop a project that encourages healthy eating for our school children.”

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

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For further information contact Katie Brunskill on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.