ACT takes out gold medal for obesity prevention

Barcham 18 October 2013

The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society compares states and territories on a range of obesity prevention priorities, and apparently the ACT is ranked first in every one of them and so has been awarded the gold medal for obesity prevention.

We’re number one! We’re number one!

I bet Katy is pleased.

“It is a great honour to have been recognised by ANZOS for our actions to reduce obesity and overweight and the whole of government approach we are taking to this area of public policy,” the Chief Minister said.

“Despite Canberrans being amongst the healthiest in Australia, the government is addressing the pressure obesity is putting on our collective health and on our health system.

“On Monday we released our ‘Towards Zero Growth’ action plan which targets people in our community looking for a healthy weight program and make healthy lifestyle choices easier.

“This action plan is the product of more than a year of consultation across the ACT Government, non-government and academic communities. It is a plan that will continue to need strong support and public advocacy to implement some of the harder actions, which are specifically designed to challenge the factors which have driven obesity rates so high.

“And while the government cannot “solve” the obesity challenge, we can show leadership and this award demonstrates we are doing just that,” the Chief Minister concluded.

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