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Corbell announces $570k program to fight childhood obesity

By Canfan - 16 February 2015 7

A new $571,000 program to get children eating healthier and being more active was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.

The ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids Program gives advice to parents to help keep their children at a healthy weight.

“We know being overweight or obese is a serious health issue that can increase the risk of chronic diseases, and data from 2011-12 shows that approximately one quarter of children aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese in the ACT,” Corbell said.

“The ACT Government is committed to supporting a healthy, active and productive community, and has made it a priority to address the challenging levels of obesity, particularly amongst children.

“The Connect Up 4 Kids Program targets 3-7 year old children, and is a three-year funded initiative of the Healthy Canberra Grants delivered within ACT general practices. The program is aimed at preventing childhood overweight and obesity rates.”

ACT Medicare Local Chair, Dr Martin Liedvogel, said one part of the program would be provide general practitioners and practice nurses with education, up-skilling opportunities and a toolkit of resources, as well as creating clear pathways for GPs to refer parents and their children onto appropriate follow-up services.

“The program will support general practice to provide advice to parents about keeping their kids at a healthy weight,” Dr Liedvogel said.

“It will give general practice a one-stop-shop toolkit of the latest information and services available in Canberra, so they can provide the most appropriate and timely advice for parents and their kids.”

Another part of the program that will be available in general practices and online is the Connect Up 4 Kids resource folder, which is specifically targeting parents with children aged between 3-7 years.

“The resource folder will be filled with fact sheets, information brochures, physical activity guidelines, and other easy tips for parents to try at home, and all of which will encourage children towards healthier and more active lifestyles, utilising simple and cost-effective approaches,” Mr Corbell said.

“The materials in the parent’s resource folder will focus around seven key messages, those being: Move Your Body, Switch of Screens, Good Night Sleep Tight, Be Healthy Together, Munch on Veg, Enjoy Some Fruit and Choose to Drink Water.  These messages complement existing campaigns already in place within Canberra, such as Good Habits for Life and Tucker Talk.”

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Corbell announces $570k program to fight childhood obesity
Postalgeek 1:30 pm 17 Feb 15

tooltime said :

Too many parents expect schools to do the hard work raising their children. Gets my blood up every time…

Sounds like you’ve got hypertension. You should watch what you eat and exercise more.

tooltime 9:41 am 17 Feb 15

Hasn’t this been done to death? This is what, the 4th or 5th program I’ve seen for this type of thing….more straight talk like this is needed:

Jayden: Isaacs coming round to play Xbox
Mum: No- that’s the 3rd time this week – you can play outside, climb trees, make something with what’s in the shed.
Jayden: can I have $20? We want Kingsleys….
Mum: I’m selling Xbox on eBay. In this house, we don’t do “screen time”, junk food or recreation on our backside. We do sports, eat well, play outside, go to bed early. You’re job is to do your best at school, find what you love to do, treat others with respect etc…

Too many parents expect schools to do the hard work raising their children. Gets my blood up every time…

neanderthalsis 9:00 am 17 Feb 15

From the 2011 census there were about 25000 3 – 7 year olds. So each of those could get a flash new push bike and a healthy cooking/living class for the parents and you would still have a lot of change from half a million..

Lazy I 7:36 am 17 Feb 15

Perhaps they could use some of that money to undo all the damage caused by the food pyramid and the ‘low fat is healthy’ message.

gooterz 10:39 pm 16 Feb 15

Didn’t know that 2011-12 was a data source?

There is a difference between being healthy and being a good weight. There is no such thing as being a good weight. Skinny kids can be just as unhealthy as fat kids.

When I was a kid, kids were able to eat what they wanted and weren’t as unhealthy as kids today.
You can get fat eating lots and lots of fruit. Eskimos eat a very fatty diet and have the best health in the world. Kids today are discouraged from being active. Free play times have been slashed and every teacher avoids the outdoors because of the sun and cancer risks.

In the older parts of Canberra you can almost walk just about everywhere off from the bustle of the road. Dedicated walking/cycle paths are everywhere. However just about everywhere else its onroad cycle lanes or nothing. Sure it might be ok if you ride but everyone else is left out.

dungfungus 4:10 pm 16 Feb 15

Holden Caulfield said :

At the risk of oversimplification perhaps, it’s a worry that the Gov sees it fit (boom, boom) to introduce a program that should be common sense: eat less crap, run around a bit more.

Seems our administrators mollycoddle parents just as much as their kids these days.

Meanwhile, the most popular threads on this blog are about “heathy” foods such as dumplings, pancakes, kebabs, prawns with creamy sauce all washed down with imported champagne and renewable coffee.
I am sure we have had something like this before but it’s a great “look over there, is that a unicorn hiding behind the tram?” moment.

Holden Caulfield 1:28 pm 16 Feb 15

At the risk of oversimplification perhaps, it’s a worry that the Gov sees it fit (boom, boom) to introduce a program that should be common sense: eat less crap, run around a bit more.

Seems our administrators mollycoddle parents just as much as their kids these days.

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