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Obesity prevention program to continue

Obesity prevention program to continue

A childhood obesity prevention program will continue through to 2017, the state government has announced.

The Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Program (OPAL) currently operates over 19 sites across SA and has been the largest investment of its kind in South Australia.

It aims to improve the wellbeing of children and their families by promoting healthy and active lives.

Following the recent announcement from the federal government to withdraw funding for the project, the State Government will work with local councils to determine how the program we can continue on a reduced budget.

The South Australian government has committed $6.3 million over the next three years for the program.

OPAL is based on the successful French childhood obesity prevention program EPODE and was established in South Australian in 2008.

All councils participating in the OPAL program were selected through a tender process and based on community need.