The Northern NSW government has announced the winners of their Youth Health and Wellbeing Grants.
The Northern NSW Local Health District has allocated 10 grants of up to $4000 each to projects that help young people get active and stay well.
The projects must focus on healthy eating, physical activity or both, for young people aged 13 to 24 years.
This is an integral part of the Healthy Communities Northern Rivers initiative which is an attempt to make it easier for people to lead active lifestyles.
Health Promotion manager, Jilian Adams, said that the key criteria was that young people were involved in the planning of the projects.
‘It’s important that these projects to get young people active and eating healthy food, come from a youth perspective, because young people know best what will work for them,’ Ms Adams said.
Other criteria included the value for money, sustainability, innovation, planning and evaluation, and addressing social disadvantage.
‘There was strong competition for the grants and I would like to commend all the applicants for the work they put into their project ideas,’ Ms Adams said.
One of the 10 recipients is the Byron Youth Service’s Aunties cookbook project.
Lindy Lou Smith, a Byron Youth Service learning coordinator, said that this grant will allow them to enhance nutritional knowledge, education, practical learning and instruction around nutrition, wellbeing, movement, and social participation for young women in the Byron Shire.
‘We are super excited to have landed this grant for such an important project,’ said Ms Smith.
‘Aunties Cookbook will create a platform for young women to build positive relationships with food and their bodies, increasing self-acceptance and self-esteem and disabling self-sabotage, eating disorders and mental health issues associated with body image.’
The other nine recipents included:
Ballina Coast High – Student Activity Project
Banora Point High School – A Special Cycle Program
Bulgarr Ngaru(Grafton)- Bulgarr Boot Camp
CASPA Education – CASPA Community Garden project
Kyogle Track and Mountain Bike Club – Access program
Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre –Physical activity workshops
Rekindling the Spirit – The Lismore Youth Koori Knockout
RTRL Lismore Library – Youth Pizza Garden
SPRUNG!! – Empowering young persons with disability for healthy living