Healthy living: Two projects received funding under the Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyle Grants initiative.

Aboriginal children in Sutherland Shire will benefit from two programs that have received funding under a new health service initiative.

Projects in Menai and Bundeena were awarded Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyle Grants at a December 10 ceremony at Georges River Sailing Club.

The grants are part of a new South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) initiative, which encourages collaboration with Aboriginal organisations and groups to utilise existing assets to improve the health and well-being of the community. 

The Narrangy Booris Aboriginal Early Childhood and Midwifery Health Service in Menai will use its grant to fund the Keeping Track of your Boori project, which will provide culturally appropriate information to families to educate them about the importance of early intervention and living healthy lifestyles. 

Bundeena Public School received a grant to fund a Garden to Plate project, which will see students grow fruit and vegetables in the school garden so they learn about nutrition while cooking lessons will teach them how to make healthy meals.

SESLHD Health Promotion Service Manager Myna Hua said grants of up to $5000 were awarded to projects that addressed healthy eating, physical activity and reducing screen time. 

“The Aboriginal population in south eastern Sydney is continuing to grow at a greater rate compared to the general population and we know this community experiences a higher prevalence of many long-term health conditions, as well as a higher rate of hospitalisation,” Ms Hua said. 

“Likewise, healthy lifestyle programs initiated and managed within communities are more likely to be effective. 

“The projects funded will enable family and carers to become actively involved in the future health of Aboriginal children and youth.”

Original Article