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Cancer Council Victoria welcomes Victorian Government commitment to prioritising kids' health

Cancer Council Victoria has welcomed the launch of Healthy kids, healthy futures the Victorian Government’s 5-year action plan to ensure kids across the state are healthy, active and well.

The plan aims to give kids the best start in life and lays the foundation for life-long health and wellbeing with a strong focus on creating supportive environments for healthy eating and active living.

As part of the plan, Cancer Council Victoria, in partnership with Nutrition Australia, will be responsible through its Achievement Program for delivering a new Victoria-wide program, Vic Kids Eat Well to transform food and drink options in schools and other community organisations.

Todd Harper, CEO of Cancer Council Victoria, welcomed the strategy as an opportunity provide kids the healthy start they need to learn, grow and thrive.

“The last 18 months have been tough, particularly on our youngest Victorians. This plan provides an opportunity to look to the future and prioritise prevention to ensure children can learn and play in environments that set them up for good health.”

“All kids deserve the opportunity for a healthy start, and as part of this strategy, Vic Kids Eat Well will provide them with that. Whether it’s in the classroom, on the footy field or at the local pool, Vic Kids Eat Well will help boost the delicious, healthy food and drink options where kids spend their time.”

Mr Harper said the plan aligns with Cancer Council Victoria’s own strategic plan to change the environment to enable healthier behaviours via powerful cancer prevention policies and programs.

“We all want our kids to grow up in environments where they can access nutritious food that helps fuel them throughout the day. We know that diet, obesity and physical activity are all important factors when it comes to cancer. This plan is not just about giving kids an opportunity for a healthy start, but also protecting them against serious long-term illness and disease.”