Grant to promote healthy eating for those who need it most

$700,000 for two year program

GREAT Lakes Council has successfully applied for a grant in excess of $700,000 over two years under the Healthy Communities Initiative.

The funding will be granted from the Department of Health and Ageing and is a joint project with Hunter New England Health.

“This is wonderful news for the Great Lakes community. The program targets the socially disadvantaged and promotes healthy living principles including physical activity and nutrition,” council’s general manager Glenn Handford said.

“The funding will be directly applied to education and participation programs that will improve the health of those in our community who most need it.”

Kerith Duncanson, community nutritionist from Hunter New England Health, assisted council in the development of the program. She has a broad under-standing of the nutrition issues faced by the community and is looking forward to making a difference through the implementation of this program.

“This program is certainly going to be a whole of community approach to improving health within the Great Lakes. The program will involve subsidised healthy eating and physical activity programs at the Great Lakes Aquatic and Leisure Centre, community cooking events at the Forster Neighbourhood Centre, healthy lifestyle programs specifically for Aboriginal community members at Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service and links with the fabulous Great Lakes Community Resource’s ‘Green’ project at North Tuncurry,” said Ms Duncanson.

Those who live in more rural locations will not miss out either, with a mobile gym / cooking trailer being built to deliver healthy lifestyle programs throughout the entire local government area.

“All of the program partners have known for a long time what resources and programs are needed to improve the health of our local community. This grant provides the opportunity to deliver them and start to make a difference in the community,” Ms Duncanson added.

Detailed planning for Great Health, Great Lakes starts in July, and the program will run for two years.

-Advocate News, 6 June 2011

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