The Hodgman Liberal Government has a vision of making Tasmania the healthiest population in Australia by 2025, but it is clearly not a goal we can achieve alone.

That’s why I was so pleased to attend the Southern launch today of the Child Health Association Tasmania (CHAT) Family Food Patch educational storybook Helping Tasmanian Families Build Communities.

CHAT and Family Food Patch do great work in promoting to Tasmanian mums and dads the benefits to their children of healthy eating and regular physical activity.

Worryingly, statistics show that only nine per cent of Tasmanians over the age of two years are consuming the recommended amount of vegetables daily, which is staggering given the wonderful produce grown right here in our State.

The stories in this storybook are a testament to the passion, hard work and determination of all involved in the Family Food Patch Program, supported by CHAT.

They touch on the remarkable, positive impact of this program, and help others by sharing information on the peer education model.

Family Food Patch volunteers empower disadvantaged families and local communities at a grassroots level by building and mobilising skills in children’s nutrition and physical activity.

On behalf of the Government, I congratulate all involved in making a real difference in the lives of our children.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services