$390,000 in Healthway sponsorships to encourage healthy lifestyles in WA
Includes $80,000 to support diverse and innovative youth engagement program
Diabetes costs nation's health system more than $1 billion each year
Mirrabooka's award-winning Edmund Rice Centre is one of five Western Australian community groups to share in $390,000 of Healthway funding, to promote better health through a wide range of community and sporting activities.
Visiting the centre to mark World Diabetes Day, Health Minister John Day highlighted its success in encouraging young people from diverse cultural backgrounds into active lifestyles through sport.
"I am pleased to announce the Edmund Rice Centre has been granted $80,000 by Healthway," he said.
"Physical activity and healthy eating help guard against obesity which is a significant risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.
"This is a win-win for the WA community because the funding not only promotes better health outcomes, it supports inclusion and social interaction. Many of the program's 600 participants come from refugee backgrounds, and meeting these young leaders who are developing through the centre's combination of sport and healthy lifestyle choices is an inspiration."
The five successful Healthway funding applicants announced today will promote the LiveLighter and Go for 2 & 5 healthy eating messages, as well as incorporating healthy food options and information into their activities.
"Promoting these programs is vital," Mr Day said.
"Diabetes Australia estimates Type 2 diabetes costs our nation's health system and finances more than $1 billion a year, with about two dozen new WA cases diagnosed each day."
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the Healthway funding would augment significant financial support for the Edmund Rice Centre from the Liberal National Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation, as part of a wide-ranging program to engage culturally diverse young people in grassroots sports while promoting healthy diets.
"Sporting groups are essential in building stronger and more vibrant communities," Ms Davies said.
"This funding will help ensure West Australians have access to quality recreation opportunities."
In 2015-16, Healthway sponsored 44 community activities worth more than $1.1 million to help promote messages such as LiveLighter and Go for 2 & 5, as well as more than $400,000 in grants for projects and research into better diet and lifestyles
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Healthway funding has been approved for:
- Gymnastics Western Australia - $260,000 promoting the Go for 2 & 5 message through the Gymnastics: Start Here, Go Anywhere program
- Edmund Rice Centre - $80,000 promoting the Go for 2 & 5 message through sporting and leadership activities for young people from diverse cultural backgrounds
- Masters Swimming - $28,000 promoting LiveLighter through the Swim for Your Life and Swim into Spring programs
- Calisthenics Association of WA - $20,000 promoting the Go for 2 & 5 message through the Calisthenics Development Program
- Shire of Wyalkatchem - $2,000 promoting LiveLighter at the Wyalkatchem Fair.