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The nutrition and physical activity program's vision is 'improved nutritional status and health of Territorians' and its work is guided by the Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan 2007-2012. The program's priority areas of action are maternal and child nutrition, nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding, nutrition of children under five years, nutrition of school aged children, food supply, availability, affordability and adequate consumption of core foods in remote communities, commercial and non-commercial food services, fruit and vegetable consumption, participation in regular physical activity, healthy weight for all, prevention and management of chronic disease in remote areas. The focus is on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and management of people with nutrition related conditions. In urban areas, services also include individual and group consultations through community care centres.
The Northern Territory Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan 2007-2012 follows on the Northern Territory Food and Nutrition Policy - Action Plan 2001-2006 and continues the practical implementation of the Northern Territory Food and Nutrition Policy 1996 and the 5 Year Strategic Vision Improved nutritional status and health of Territorians. The primary target groups for nutrition interventions outlined in this action plan are:
Priority areas outlined in the report include:
The main role of the NPA team in the implementation of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Plan 2006-2011 is in capacity building through:
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