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Through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, the Australian Government allocated $71.8 million over four years from 2009-10 under the Healthy Communities Initiative (the Initiative) to support local government areas (LGAs) in delivering effective community-based physical activity and healthy eating programs. The Initiative also encouraged LGAs to develop and review local policies that support healthy lifestyle behaviours for the community into the future.
The Initiative aimed to help reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity within communities by maximising the number of people, predominantly not in the paid workforce, who are engaged in proven or innovative physical activity and healthy eating programs. The Initiative used the following strategies to achieve the objectives:
The Healthy Living Network supported the Healthy Communities Initiative by listing the quality programs and service providers that have been assessed and registered against the Healthy communities quality framework standards and criteria.
Initially the Network primarily targeted programs and service providers offered under the Initiative, however all healthy living programs and service providers were invited to apply for registration and promotion.
The Initiative also supported National program grants (NPGs) which allow selected not-for-profit organisations to expand their healthy lifestyle programs across Australia. The aim for the NPG recipients was to ensure their programs are available nationally, including to the majority of the LGAs participating in the Initiative. Six national programs were funded to deliver a variety of community-based healthy lifestyle programs until June 2013. All of the national programs trained community members and/or qualified fitness or health professionals to deliver programs in the local communities. Individuals who were interested in being involved in program delivery were encouraged to contact the NPG recipients directly for more information.
National program grant recipients were:
Funding was in place until June 2013 with the program designed to be sustainable from this point. The program will be evaluated at its conclusion by KPMG.
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