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    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Teddy bears to teach Queensland children healthy habits

    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Friday, May 19, 2006

    Teddy bears to teach Queensland children healthy habits

    Health Minister Stephen Robertson is urging Queensland school students and their families to live healthy and active lives to lower the risks of type 2 diabetes.

    Mr Robertson today praised the national T for Teddy program which is an initiative of the International Diabetes Institute to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes.

    “The program will begin on Friday 2 June – T for Teddy Day – and will help stem the tide of type 2 diabetes which, although preventable, is the world’s fastest growing epidemic,” he said.

    “Once known as a disease which mainly affected older people, diabetes is now being diagnosed in much younger people and latest research shows that it affects more than one million Australians.

    “Diabetes is the leading cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness and that’s why it’s important for children to get into healthy habits while they are still young.”

    Mr Robertson said the T for Teddy program encouraged children to care for themselves as much as they care for their teddy bears.

    “It delivers key health messages, such as the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, drinking water rather than soft drinks and being active,” he said.

    “The program also involves children fun activities including music, games and art and craft.”

    Mr Robertson said T for Teddy program would run nationally in schools, kindergartens, child care centres and crèches in June.

    “Parents will also receive information about the risks and causes of diabetes,” he said.

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    19 May 2006