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Good for kids good for life



Good for kids good for life is a pilot program being run by the NSW government. Part of the government's Live Life Well campaign, it is being implemented in the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast regions, promoting healthy eating and physical activity for kids. It is Australia's largest ever childhood obesity prevention trial focussing on kids aged up to 15 years.

The program brings together a variety of agencies, community groups and industry to provide practical information, as well as new programs and systems, to help children, parents, carers and the wider community, know more about healthy weight, nutrition and physical activity.

There is a specific focus on improving the health of Aboriginal kids in the region. The program has included consultation with Aboriginal communities across the region to determine the best and most culturally appropriate ways of reaching Aboriginal families with health messages.

Good for kids good for life will focus on five key areas:

  1. increase the amount of time kids spend being active through fun, sport and play
  2. reduce the amount of time kids spend in front of the TV and playing computer games
  3. reduce the amount of sweetened drinks, including juice, that kids drink and increase the amount of water that kids drink
  4. increase the amount of veg and fruit that kids eat in meals and as snacks
  5. reduce the amount of foods that kids eat that are high in sugars, salt and saturated fats.

Abstract adapted from Good for kids good for life


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Last updated: 12 January 2015
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