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Through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, the Australian Government has 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 encourages LGAs to develop and review local policies that support healthy lifestyle behaviours for the community into the future.
The Initiative aims 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 uses the following strategies to achieve the objectives:
The Healthy living network supports 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 will primarily be targeting programs and service providers offered under the Initiative, however all healthy living programs and service providers are invited to apply for registration and promotion. Registration will be provided free-of-charge until June 2013.
The Initiative also supports 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 is to ensure their programs are available nationally, including to the majority of the LGAs participating in the Initiative. Six national programs are funded to deliver a variety of community-based healthy lifestyle programs until June 2013. All of the national programs train community members and/or qualified fitness or health professionals to deliver programs in the local communities. Individuals who are interested in being involved in program delivery are encouraged to contact the NPG recipients directly for more information.
National program grant recipients are:
Funding is 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.
Healthy living network abstract
A healthy and active Australia
Australian Government Department of Health
Ph: 1800 020 103