Canterbury City Council steps into summer with healthy habits

Residents in the Canterbury City Council area will step into summer with healthy habits following new healthy eating and exercise programs designed to combat obesity.

Federal Member for Watson, Tony Burke, today congratulated the Mayor of the City of Canterbury, Councillor Brian Robson, on receiving $566,042 under the Gillard Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative.

This grant will deliver the Canterbury Healthy Active Together (CHAT) project to encourage and support our community to adopt and sustain healthier lifestyles.

The Canterbury Healthy Active Together (CHAT) project will deliver the National Programs Beat It, Heartmoves, HEAL and Heart Foundation Walking.

Partnerships with local organisations will also enable a variety of local programs and activities to be offered, including swimming and yoga classes, exercise classes for older Australians, and culturally appropriate classes on how to cook healthy meals.

Federal Member for Watson, Tony Burke, welcomed the project.

“We want to keep Australians healthy and out of hospital and programs like Healthy Communities make it easier for families looking to make a healthy change. This is just another example of the Gillard Government delivering services that support families.” Mr Burke said.

Tony Burke said that this project would target an important part of staying healthy, improving nutrition and healthy eating.

“Making healthier choices doesn’t need to be difficult and this program is going to provide families with practical advice to make sure school lunch boxes or summer dinners are tasty and healthy.”

The Mayor of the City of Canterbury, Cr Brian Robson said this funding was welcomed news and will assist in developing healthier lifestyles and habits for local residents.

“The program aims to encourage participants to engage in an active lifestyle and improve their nutrition,” Mayor Robson said.

“It’s also about ensuring that people realise wellbeing is more than just physical wellbeing, and encompasses mental and emotional too.

“And, by participating in this project, people will enjoy living an active and full life, make some new friends along the way, and inspire others to get healthy and active together,” the Mayor said.