IMPROVING the physical and mental health of Peel region residents is the aim of new funding for Get in the Swim Public Program.
Dawesville MLA Kim Hames said the Healthway support was part of $809,000 in grants to help arts and cultural organisations promote healthy lifestyles.
“Make no mistake, getting involved in sport activities is good for you,” he said.
“Not only can it be a break from the pressures of daily life, UWA research shows people involved in sport for at least two hours a week enjoy improved mental health when compared with those who don’t.”
The Get in the Swim Public Program will benefit from sponsorship to promote the Act-Belong-Commit.
Dr Hames said spreading the Act-Belong-Commit message through Healthway sponsorships was a proven strategy.
“With the challenges of chronic diseases such as diabetes 2 linked to unhealthy lifestyles, promoting better health has never been more important,” he said.
“Studies also show that the Act-Belong-Commit message does get through, with 10 per cent of people who hear about it taking action to improve their mental health.”
In 2015-16, Healthway sponsored community organisations to conduct 80 events and activities worth more than $1.8 million to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message in WA, as well as providing more than $600,000 in grant funding to support the Act-Belong-Commit campaign run by Mentally Healthy WA.