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The Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes encourages community groups in partnership with secondary schools or councils to apply for grants of up to $5000 to promote healthy lifestyle choices and a positive body image in young people.

Dr Sykes said the Positive Body Image Grants aimed to build self esteem and confidence and are available for groups who work with young people, especially those aged 12-16 years.

“Research has shown that young people who get positive messages about their health and appearance are less likely to become depressed about their looks or develop eating disorders,” he said.

Local community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for the grants as stand alone entities, or can make joint applications with secondary schools and councils.

Dr Sykes said that suitable projects could include guest speakers, discussion forums, practical skills and learning focusing on sport, recreation, art and culture; healthy eating and physical activity advice; community events and exhibitions; peer group support, such as group discussions and forums; and the production of promotional and educational material.

Applications for Positive Body Image Grants 2007 must be submitted online at by Monday 16 April 2007. Guidelines are available from Peta Clark, Grant Researcher at Bill Sykes’ office telephone 5762 2100. For further information applicants are encouraged to contact the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356.


Written by Greg Naylor

15 March 2007 at 5:14 pm

Posted in Health, media release

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