City of Swan and Ellenbrook Cultural Foundation receive Healthway sponsorships

City of Swan and Ellenbrook Cultural Foundation receive Healthway sponsorships

THE City of Swan and Ellenbrook Cultural Foundation are among 18 arts and community organisations across WA to share in more than $800,000 in Healthway sponsorships to promote healthy lifestyles.

Health and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day announced the funding would be rolled out over the next year.

“The new funding supports a wide range of activities run by arts and community organisations,” Mr Day said.

“We know from research by Dr Christina Davies at The University of Western Australia that people involved with the arts for two or more hours per week are much more likely to have better mental health than those who don’t engage in artistic activities.”

Mr Day said the funding benefit the arts and health as well as promote healthy living messages, which would help nurture a new generation of artistic talent.

“Many of the new activities focus on young people who may not normally have an opportunity to be involved in the arts,” he said.

The City of Swan will receive $80,000 to promote the ‘Drug Aware’ message through Hyperfest and Hyperfest Miniseries in 2017 and 2018.

Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban welcomed a $27,000 grant, which through Act-Belong-Commit will see the Ellenbrook Arts Program benefit from the sponsorship, including promoting a program put out through local schools and over a variety of workshops targeting 12-17 year olds.

“I am especially pleased with how many of the new Healthway grants seek to promote the involvement of our young people in arts and cultural pursuits,” he said.

“The funding will promote new participation that will contribute to community cohesion.”

Mr Alban said spreading the Act-Belong-Commit message through Healthway sponsorships was a proven strategy.

“With the challenges of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes 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.”

More information about Healthway grants and sponsorships is available at http://www.healthway.wa.gov.au.