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    Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Sport
    The Honourable Judy Spence

    Bligh Government leads the way in helping people get fit and healthy

    Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Sport
    The Honourable Judy Spence

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Bligh Government leads the way in helping people get fit and healthy

    Providing tips on healthy eating, helping with travel cost for junior athletes and promoting 30 minutes of exercise a day, are among the Bligh Government’s strategies to help create a healthier Queensland.

    Sport Minister Judy Spence said: “This year’s State Budget is delivering $7.5 Million for initiatives and campaigns which are aimed at combating the obesity crisis and encouraging Queenslanders to get active.

    “As obesity rates continue to rise, it is essential we fund practical initiatives to help people of all ages to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

    “This year’s sport budget provides $2.5 Million for the Find Your 30 campaign, which aims to encourage all Queenslanders to include 30 minutes of exercise in their daily routines.

    “The campaign, which was launched in March this year, is already helping to raise awareness about the importance of regular physical activity. More than 20,000 visits have already been recorded on the your30.com.au website, and more than 1,000 Queenslanders have also joined the ‘Your 30’ club online.

    “This year’s funding will allow the continued rollout of a comprehensive advertising campaign, educating Queenslanders on how easy it can be to find 30 minutes for exercise each day.

    “With the help of our Eat Well Be Active ambassador, tennis great Pat Rafter, we are promoting simple strategies, such as walking the kids to school, getting off the bus a stop early, taking the stairs rather than the lift and going for a walk at lunchtime.”

    Ms Spence said $3 Million is also being delivered through the Community Partnerships Program, to support projects which help Queenslanders to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle.

    “This funding will be available to local governments, indigenous councils, sporting organisations, educational institutions and community organisations,” Ms Spence said.

    “Last year we funded 115 projects under the Community Partnerships Program. Projects included a nutritional awareness program run by the Royal Flying Doctors Service in Far North Queensland, to educate the community about healthy diet options utilising bush foods; and a community run activity development and healthy diet program for Landsborough families with children under the age of 6.

    “This year’s budget ensures programs like these will continue to be delivered in our communities.”

    Ms Spence said $2 Million in financial assistance is also being provided to help Queensland’s aspiring young athletes participate in representative sport.

    ‘With rising interest rates and fuel prices, the cost of travelling for junior representative sport can place a huge burden Queensland families.

    “Under the Young Athlete Assistance Program (YAAP), we are providing a helping hand, to ensure the next generation of sporting champions can afford to reach their goals.

    “The YAAP program provides up to $200 for individual athletes, to cover the costs involved in travelling to competitions around the state.

    “We want all young athletes to have the chance to achieve their dreams, and this year’s budget ensures those dreams can come true.”


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