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Torquay children given a healthy report card

HEALTHY FUTURE: Anne Behne, of Galangoor Duwalami Primary Health Care Service, meets with excited children from Torquay State School to promote healthy living.
HEALTHY FUTURE: Anne Behne, of Galangoor Duwalami Primary Health Care Service, meets with excited children from Torquay State School to promote healthy living. Tyson Yates

WEARING their brand new shirts, more than 90 children from Torquay State School had plenty to smile about after completing the first round of health checks as part of the Deadly Choices initiative.

The program, which aims at promoting healthy life

styles throughout Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, was piloted at Torquay State School from March.

The project was overseen by Galangoor Duwalami Primary Health Care Service, with practice manager Anne Behne saying the focus was on promoting early detection and intervention.

"The day was about presenting the children with their shirts that marks the successful completion of their health assessments.

"We've been going around to local state schools and providing complete health assessments for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island kids."

Torquay State School indigenous support officer Paula Chalmers said the program had a positive response from children and parents alike.

Topics:  hervey bay, torquay state school



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