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Keeping children healthy with the ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids program

By Ben Faulks

Staying healthy is an important part of leading a happy life, with the Australian Capital Territory announcing a new $571,000 grant to help get children across the state to eat healthier and be more active in their day-to-day lives. 

Minister for Health Simon Corbell said the ACT Medicare Local's Connect Up 4 Kids Program would help parents target the causes of unhealthy habits and obesity in order to take action as soon as possible. He pointed out that data from 2011-12 found that approximately a quarter of children aged 5 to 14 were overweight or obese in the state. 

"The ACT government is committed to supporting a healthy, active and productive community, and has made it a priority to address the challenging levels of obesity, particularly amongst children," said Mr Corbell in a 16 February statement. 

ACT Medicare Local Chair Dr Martin Liedvogel said the one-stop-shop toolkit will provide parents and caregivers with all the information and advice they need to keep their children healthy.

"The resource folder will be filled with fact sheets, information brochures, physical activity guidelines, and other easy tips for parents to try at home, and all of which will encourage children towards healthier and more active lifestyles, utilising simple and cost-effective approaches," said Dr Liedvogel. 

This could be great news for residents of Belconnen real estate who have been looking for help boosting their children's health. 

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