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Government Funding to Help Promote Healthier Lifestyles

By Ben Faulks

Healthy lifestyles are important for a number of reasons, and the owners of Belconnen real estate are lucky enough to have the Australian Capital Territory government commit $2.2 million to the Healthy Canberra Grants program, which aims to reduce obesity across the state's communities. 

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said the initiative was introduced last year, and consists of multiple programs to help reduce obesity in different sectors of the state. 

"The government decided to restructure the Healthy Canberra Grants in order to allocate larger amounts of funding to a small group of successful applicants who have proven their ability to maximise the benefits of their projects to the wider ACT community," said Ms Gallagher in a February 20 statement. 

For example, Medicare Local will help to tackle obesity in children, which includes the promotion of healthy advice, access to primary health care and community-based programs to help kids avoid succumbing to unhealthy lifestyles. 

Furthermore, Heart Foundation will also be supported by these funds in order to help encourage adults to make wiser, healthier choices for their own lifestyles. After successful implementation in Western Australia, there are hopes the program can be adopted into the ACT.

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