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Yeppoon State High School Wins $50 000 Healthy Queensland Award

10/11/2011

Schools, businesses and communities rewarded for healthy initiatives at 2011 Healthy Queensland awards.

Eighteen communities, schools and workplaces taking a healthy approach to life shared in $1.6 million prize money at today’s Healthy Queensland Awards ceremony in Parliament House.

Now in its third year, Minister for Health Geoff Wilson was proud to see the awards assisting so many Queensland schools and organisations implement healthy programs and facilities.

“Queensland Health is committed to giving people the tools they need to stay healthy in their communities.

“That’s why the Healthy Queensland Awards are so important. These awards are about providing communities with the resources to improve the health of their local area by initiating local solutions to local needs.

“Each year the Healthy Queensland Awards are helping six schools, six businesses and six communities turn their healthy ideas into real activities or better facilities for people.

“The projects are very diverse from sporting events or improved facilities such as bicycle racks, to other activities supporting a fit mind or healthy eating habits.

“It’s great to see so many organisations keen to be involved in this initiative and the Bligh Government is pleased to be able to support these awards.

“It’s part of our commitment to investing in helping make Queenslanders Australia’s healthiest people by 2020,” Mr Wilson said.

Mr Wilson said the Bligh Government had once again partnered with Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland for the Healthy Queensland Awards.

“We’re working together to promote fresh thinking and innovation when it comes to improving the health of Queenslanders.” Mr Wilson said.

Chief Executive Officer of Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland Mr Rick Burnett said Keep Australia Beautiful was pleased to be associated with the ‘inspiring awards’.

"The prizes recognise community groups, schools and businesses that focus on the very important issues of health and well-being - and put into action ways of improving these values," Mr Burnett said.

"These prizes should identify our leaders in the on-going fight to change unhealthy habits and behaviour.”