(Australian Associated Press)
Preventing illnesses is at the heart of a new plan to improve the health of young Australians over the coming decade.
The Morrison government has released its national action plan for the health of young people, covering the years 2020 to 2030, after crafting it alongside a range of health groups.
The coalition has committed $4 million to bring the plan to life, with $1.5 million worth of the cash set to be given out as grants over four years for preventative health programs encouraging kids to eat well, get active and sleep enough.
Programs that target risky behaviours, build coping skills and support positive mental health among parents will also be supported by the grants.
Reclink, which provides sport and art programs to disadvantaged Australians to promote social inclusion and other opportunities, will receive $1 million.
Another $1 million will go towards a program run by the Consumer Health Forum that involves young people in making health policies.
Health Minister Greg Hunt stressed many chronic health problems in adulthood, such as obesity, heart disease, and mental health issues, began in childhood.
“This action plan identifies the steps needed so our children and young people have the best start in life,” he said on Wednesday.