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Budget 2007: CSIRO Wellbeing Plan for Children.



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Media Release

CSIRO Wellbeing Plan for Children

8 May 2007 BUDB 37/07

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced $2 million in funding over two years for CSIRO to develop a Wellbeing Plan for Children.

"The Wellbeing Plan for Children will provide easily accessible, practical support for parents to provide healthy eating and physical activity for children. An evidence based book, it will outline the foods children should be eating and how much they should be eating and may include recipes and exercise suggestions for parents to improve eating patterns and physical activity in children," Minister Bishop said.

"The success of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, and the concern over childhood obesity, demonstrates there is a need for practical and useful information on a healthy diet for children.

"CSIRO will work with the Department of Health and Ageing, which will receive an additional $1 million over two years to update the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents. CSIRO will use these evidence-based resources and current best knowledge on childhood obesity to develop a practical guide to help Australian families adopt a healthy lifestyle," Minister Bishop said.

Media Contacts

Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727

CSIRO: Jamie Nicholson 02 6276 6409

Supporting Information

Why is this important?

• Healthy eating can make a significant contribution to the health of the Australian population, including through reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity and the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. • The Wellbeing Plan for Children will provide an evidence-based resource for parents on the foods children should be eating and how much they should be eating. • The project will support and complement the Government’s other initiatives which target obesity and healthy eating by providing practical information and tools to help consumers to make healthy choices. • CSIRO will work with the Department of Health and Ageing, which will receive an additional $1 million over two years to update the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents. CSIRO will use these evidence-based resources and the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines for children and adolescents in the development of the plan.

Who will benefit?

• Australian children and their families will be the major beneficiaries of this measure.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

• The Government is committing a total of $3 million over two years with $2 million going to the CSIRO and $1 million to the Department of Health and Ageing.

What have we done in the past?

• CSIRO has a strong history in the development of foods and diets to tackle health challenges and has demonstrated the successful transfer of this knowledge to the public through the best-selling CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. • The Australian Government has been providing nutrition advice to families for more than 75 years. • In 2004, the Prime Minister announced the $116 million Building a Healthy, Active Australia initiative to fund the promotion of important healthy eating messages and the need for increased physical activity.

When will the initiative conclude?

• Funding has been allocated for 2007-08 and 2008-09.