Date Published: 19 January 2009

Schools Across Australia Demonstrate Benefits of Fresh Food

Health News from Australia.

Children around Australia will soon enjoy the benefits of growing, preparing and sharing fresh food as part of the national Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

The Rudd Government has committed up to $60,000 for up to 190 Government primary schools to implement the program across Australia over the next four years. The funding provided by the Government is to cover infrastructure costs associated with building kitchens and gardens.

This important program will help tackle the levels of childhood obesity by giving children hands-on experience in healthy eating.

School children in years 3-6 will get the opportunity to work in a productive garden, harvest the food, cook it in a purpose-built teaching kitchen and sit down with other students and parents to taste and enjoy what they have made. This funding by the Rudd Government will see an additional 37 schools will join the program.

The Government will also provide $80,000 over two years to fund specialist kitchen and garden staff at Bulimba State School to implement the program and act as a demonstration school for other Queensland schools.

The demonstration schools are a model for interested schools to visit and act as a training centre for schools joining the program. Bulimba now joins the previously announced Elizabeth Downs Primary School in South Australia, Moonah Primary School in Tasmania, Palmyra Primary School in Western Australia, Bondi Public School in New South Wales, Majura Primary School in the Australian Capital Territory and Alawa Primary School in the Northern Territory as demonstration schools.

Victoria already has Collingwood College as a demonstration school, with the program having been successfully delivered in that state for the past seven years.

This program is part of the Rudd Government’s fresh approach to tackling the growing rates of childhood obesity in Australia, and recognises that children learn best through interaction and positive examples.



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