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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4111 ..

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Health Promotion Unit

(Question No 958)

Mr Smyth

asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

In relation to the Health Promotion Unit:

What campaigns has the health promotion unit developed and implemented this calendar year and how much did each of those campaigns cost?;

What campaigns are planned for the remainder of the calendar year?;

How broadly does the health promotion unit advertise its campaigns?;

How much funding did the health promotion unit receive in (a) 2002-03 and

(b) 2003-04?;

How many staff are employed in the health promotion unit and at what levels are they paid?

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

The HPU has implemented two campaigns this year - the summer Vitality campaign and the winter Vitality campaign. The Vitality approach is a new flexible, multi-message, 'lifestyle-type' framework with the integrated message of "Eat Well, Be Active, Feel Good About Yourself - That's Vitality!"

The summer Vitality campaign was launched at the Canberra Show to a very wide Canberra audience. HPU staff emphasized the nutrition and physical activity messages at the show and gave away show bags with fresh fruit, a bottle of water, a frisbee, a colouring-in recipe book and information about healthy choices. Other activities in the summer campaign included a celebrity chef event in the Canberra Centre and a series of community service announcements promoting healthy eating that were broadcast on WIN television. The total cost of the summer campaign was $56,200 with that cost including the production of campaign items such as signage, frisbees, water bottles, hats, stickers and children's colouring-in cookbooks which are used throughout the year, not solely on the summer campaign.

The winter Vitality campaign activities included a nutrition forum and supermarket tours, a family picnic day as part of NAIDOC week, the development of a healthy workplace physical activity program, an article on winter health tips for older people, a stand at the Home and Leisure Show, work with the endometriosis awareness week to promote the "Feel Good About Yourself"aspect of the campaign. While some invoices are still being finalised, the estimated total cost of the winter campaign is $44,000 including sponsorship of Health and Physical Education Week, the Healthy Bones Breakfast in ACT schools, and the second annual Health and Fitness Expo. This figure is less than that for the summer campaign given that the summer

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