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$2.1 million to reduce obesity rates in Canberra

By Barcham - 28 August 2013 48

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Community Groups aiming to reduce obesity in the ACT are being encouraged to apply for a Healthy Canberra Grant.

Katy Gallagher launched the $2.1 million 2014 program today.

Community groups with program and project ideas to reduce obesity in the ACT are being encouraged to apply for a Healthy Canberra Grant, following the launch of the $2.1 million 2014 program by Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today.

“We know that the incidence of people who are overweight and obese is increasing in our community and the ACT Government is actively working to roll-out programs that deal with this health problem,” the Chief Minister said.

“As well as the many policies and programs being progressed by the government many community groups and not-for-profit groups also have great ideas to reduce the rate of obesity but are lacking the funding to get them off the ground,” the Chief Minister said.

“Healthy Canberra Grants will provide groups including community groups, school communities, and not-forprofit organisations with these funds so that they can help to address this growing health problem in our society.”

There’s going to be an information session on Tuesday the 3rd of September from 4.00 until 5.30 at the Rheinberger Centre in Yarralumla.
Check out www.health.act.gov.au/hpgrants for more info.

[Photo by Alan Cleaver (CC BY 2.0)]

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$2.1 million to reduce obesity rates in Canberra
devils_advocate 2:14 pm 28 Aug 13

poetix said :

I lost 20 kilos on vodka and fruit. I will write a breathlessly stupid book about the experience for a modest sum.

Can you give us the cliffs?

I have been going to the gym five times a week for years and keep gaining weight, I’m now classified as obese. the fitnus industry has failed me. Son I am disappoint. Want grant to get over my rage.
4×100/6×120/4×160

p1 2:11 pm 28 Aug 13

poetix said :

I lost 20 kilos on vodka and fruit. I will write a breathlessly stupid book about the experience for a modest sum.

I’m on a similar diet, but offsetting rather a lot of beer with exercise.

poetix said :

Also, if the man on the scales weighs just under eight stone (I suspect that it is a seppo scale), I doubt that he needs to lose weight.

In my experience, Americans don’t know what a stone is.

A_Cog 1:50 pm 28 Aug 13

Free-range lions.
Intestinal parasites subsidised by ACT Health.
Bans on spoons and straws – knife and fork only.
Mandatory daily colonics for fatties to get their Gross weight down to their Tare weight.
Sustainable energy grants for the reintroduction of whale oil as a fuel source. Lipo will be even more profitable.

-or-

Cede Tuggeranong to NSW. The obesity rate in the ACT will plummet.

poetix 1:12 pm 28 Aug 13

I lost 20 kilos on vodka and fruit. I will write a breathlessly stupid book about the experience for a modest sum.

Also, if the man on the scales weighs just under eight stone (I suspect that it is a seppo scale), I doubt that he needs to lose weight.

dtc 1:08 pm 28 Aug 13

neanderthalsis said :

$2.1 million for anti-obesity work against a population of some 380 000 equates to one cheese burger meal per head of population.

Here’s an idea, put the coin into upgrading walking paths around our lakes or putting new community gym equipment into local parks.

Fix the paving along Emu Bank so that runners don’t risk broken ankles on cracked paving that moves underfoot. Put better lighting on walking tracks and bike paths to encourage people to use them after dark. Legislate 30 minutes of compulsory exercise into all schools and workplaces daily. Buy every 10 year old in the territory a new bike.

Just don’t give it to special interest groups who will form a committee that examines how to get Canberrans to drive less and cycle more.

So, basically, improve the facilities for people who already use the facilities, and give kids a bike? Oh, and add another burden to the teachers (because its the kids that are generally obese rather than the 50 years olds?)

How about ‘do a study on the food pyramid and why its wrong for a lot of people’

YeahBuddy 12:52 pm 28 Aug 13

Madam Cholet said :

YeahBuddy said :

Subsidise the fees for my chosen sport ACT Government. I will keep playing and not get fat, and therefore not be a public health burden

Doesn’t mcDonalds already sponsor sport here – at least for the kiddies. Odd that a company who sells crap in a packet is out there advertising their brand at sports events.

And don’t get me started on selling Freddo frogs to raise money.

When I was at school, we were made to get sponsors for our annual run. Didn’t enjoy it at the time, but it makes more sense than flogging chocolate or tying your healthy sport to crap food. Maybe it’s needs must when the devil etc etc. but there must be better ways than closing the gate after the fat horse has waddled out.

Maccas don’t sponsor us, and even if they did it wouldn’t go towards decreasing the ridiculous fees we pay to stay fit and active (and receive terrible support from the “Association” ).

Some peeps will stay fat no matter where the money goes, send it to the people that are already trying to stay fit and tax the fatties on their junk food/take away.

Madam Cholet 12:04 pm 28 Aug 13

YeahBuddy said :

Subsidise the fees for my chosen sport ACT Government. I will keep playing and not get fat, and therefore not be a public health burden

Doesn’t mcDonalds already sponsor sport here – at least for the kiddies. Odd that a company who sells crap in a packet is out there advertising their brand at sports events.

And don’t get me started on selling Freddo frogs to raise money.

When I was at school, we were made to get sponsors for our annual run. Didn’t enjoy it at the time, but it makes more sense than flogging chocolate or tying your healthy sport to crap food. Maybe it’s needs must when the devil etc etc. but there must be better ways than closing the gate after the fat horse has waddled out.

Martlark 12:03 pm 28 Aug 13

Stop funding lots of stuff that makes it easier to be a lazy slob. Ie: free parking.

rigseismic67 12:03 pm 28 Aug 13

what a waste of money, stop eating rubbish food and do some exercise, it worked for me and my previously ‘chubby’ family

bigfeet 11:59 am 28 Aug 13

Here’s an idea:

‘Expend more energy than you consume’

So, where do I pick-up my $2.1 million?

neanderthalsis 11:20 am 28 Aug 13

$2.1 million for anti-obesity work against a population of some 380 000 equates to one cheese burger meal per head of population.

Here’s an idea, put the coin into upgrading walking paths around our lakes or putting new community gym equipment into local parks.

Fix the paving along Emu Bank so that runners don’t risk broken ankles on cracked paving that moves underfoot. Put better lighting on walking tracks and bike paths to encourage people to use them after dark. Legislate 30 minutes of compulsory exercise into all schools and workplaces daily. Buy every 10 year old in the territory a new bike.

Just don’t give it to special interest groups who will form a committee that examines how to get Canberrans to drive less and cycle more.

YeahBuddy 10:31 am 28 Aug 13

Subsidise the fees for my chosen sport ACT Government. I will keep playing and not get fat, and therefore not be a public health burden

breda 10:27 am 28 Aug 13

More bribing of special interest groups with our money. Anyone would think, the way the ACT government sprays its numerous grant program dollars around, that there was nothing more pressing that needed to be done around town. It’s just buying votes with taxpayers’ money.

How on earth can a community group affect obesity levels in society? Do they know something that hordes of researchers and medicos all over the Western world have missed?

davo101 10:01 am 28 Aug 13

Snipers outside MickyDees*

*May not get past the ethics committee.

poetix 10:00 am 28 Aug 13

Funny that the information session is being held at a Centre that has the word ‘burger’ in its title.

Well, almost.

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