25 September 2009

South Australian Councils Launch Obesity Project

Excerpt from Government News, 23 September 2009

'Six South Australian councils will pioneer a push to root out the causes of childhood obesity with an ambitious project announced by the State Government.

The $22.3m Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (Opal) program for children and families will involve the councils of Mount Gambier, Port Augusta, Marion, Onkaparinga, Salisbury and Playford.

A team of six co-ordinators will start work on the project this week, which is aimed at tackling obesity and chronic disease in the community.

South Australian Minister for Health John Hill said Opal was based on a French model and is one of the few programs in the world that has proven results in combating childhood obesity...

The OPAL managers will work closely with local groups to come up with community wide solutions to these important health issues.'

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