Food health program a step in right direction

Posted by Josette Dunn on 7th May 2010

A funding boost to help parents and children make healthier food choices and learn more about nutrition has been applauded by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) yesterday.

The NSW Government has offered $2 million to extend its Go4Fun Program that encourages seven to 13-year-olds, and their parents, to achieve a healthier lifestyle through informed food choices and improving their physical activity.

AFGC Chief Executive Kate Carnell said partnership projects like the Go4Fun Program underscore the importance of better education on health and nutrition, which is vital to achieving a balanced diet.

“The food industry is already helping families to eat healthily and is working in close partnership with government and communities, including through the Food and Health Dialogue, designed to promote healthier food choices for all Australians,” Ms Carnell said.

Ms Carnell said industry is proactively facing many preventative health challenges including overweight and obesity by making strong inroads with a number of self-regulated measures such as the Daily Intake Guide (DIG) front-of-pack food labelling system and AFGC’s Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative.

“However the solution to preventative health is not just about partnerships – it’s also about individuals and communities as a whole taking greater responsibility for the own actions and enabling people to be more physically active in their own lives,” Ms Carnell said.

“We must ensure that physical activity becomes an enjoyable part of all Australians’ everyday lives.”

Ms Carnell said overall, there is no quick fix solution for the high levels of obesity and chronic health problems in Australia.

“We will only make effectively inroads through a strategic approach involving governments, business, the community and individuals taking joint responsibility for their personal health and of their families.”