Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kids Get Up and Grow

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kids Get Up and Grow

16 July 2013

New resources that promote healthy food and physical activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids will be distributed to assist childcare workers, families and carers from today.

The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said the Get Up and Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood resources are an important part of helping kids to lead healthier lives.

Ms Plibersek said the resources include a handbook for childcare workers, information brochures on important child health issues for parents and posters to display in childcare centres.

The Get Up and Grow resources provide practical information to support and promote healthy eating and activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from birth to five years of age, Ms Plibersek said.

Nutritious food and regular physical activity not only support the normal growth and development of children, but also helps to reduce the risk of developing chronic lifestyle-related diseases later in life.

Mr Snowdon said the resources covered topics such as breastfeeding, infant formula, introducing first foods, healthy food and drinks and physical activity.

While parents and carers have the most important role in shaping their childs healthy behaviours, childcare staff also have an opportunity to show children that the food they eat and exercise can help them to be healthy and happy, Mr Snowdon said.

This Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific resource has been developed in consultation with childcare staff and parents, it is important that families have had a say in these resources he said.

The Australian Government has allocated funding of $5.8 million for the development and continuation of the Get Up and Grow resources from 2007-2008 to 2014-15.

For more information, contact the ministers office on 02 6277 7820