Visiting the centre to mark World Diabetes Day, Health Minister John Day highlighted its success in encouraging young people from diverse cultural backgrounds into active lifestyles through sport.
"I am pleased to announce the Edmund Rice Centre has been granted $80,000 by Healthway," he said.
"Physical activity and healthy eating help guard against obesity which is a significant risk factor for Type 2 diabetes.
"This is a win-win for the WA community because the funding not only promotes better health outcomes, it supports inclusion and social interaction. Many of the program's 600 participants come from refugee backgrounds, and meeting these young leaders who are developing through the centre's combination of sport and healthy lifestyle choices is an inspiration."
The five successful Healthway funding applicants announced today will promote the LiveLighter and Go for 2 & 5 healthy eating messages, as well as incorporating healthy food options and information into their activities.
"Promoting these programs is vital," Mr Day said.
"Diabetes Australia estimates Type 2 diabetes costs our nation's health system and finances more than $1 billion a year, with about two dozen new WA cases diagnosed each day."
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the Healthway funding would augment significant financial support for the Edmund Rice Centre from the Liberal National Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation, as part of a wide-ranging program to engage culturally diverse young people in grassroots sports while promoting healthy diets.
"Sporting groups are essential in building stronger and more vibrant communities," Ms Davies said.
"This funding will help ensure West Australians have access to quality recreation opportunities."
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