Funding ended for Health Eating, Healthy Action programme

Writing in Monday’s Otago Daily Times, Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division Health Promotion Manager Penelope Scott has criticised the end of funding for the Healthy Eating, Healthy Action (Heha) programme:

This funding contributed to the development of many community-driven programmes that resulted in increased physical activity and improved nutrition.

Unfortunately, there is nothing currently to replace the Heha programme. It appears that the makers of government policy have yet to learn what wise people know, i.e. “an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure”. We have also lost skilled and dedicated staff who made a great contribution during the course of this programme.