The Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Program supports children, through families and their communities, to be healthy now and stay healthy for life.
OPAL is the largest childhood obesity prevention program ever conducted in South Australia, operating in 20 local communities across the State and extending to one additional community in the Northern Territory.
Positively changing attitudes and behaviours regarding healthy eating and physical activity requires a long-term coordinated approach. That’s why OPAL is a nine year, $40 million, partnership between federal, state and local governments, aimed at addressing childhood obesity and maximising the chances of delivering lasting social change.
By engaging directly with children and families through their local communities, OPAL seeks to improve eating habits, increase physical activity, and ultimately, reduce the rate of childhood obesity. OPAL does this in a positive and non-stigmatising fashion.
We met different programmes, share ideas and have a great understanding that the most important thing is the political support and how to influence the decision makers to see obesity prevention as a priority.
Mark WILLIAMS, OPAL State Manager