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NAIDOC Week: Centre helps Indigenous youth make healthier choices

Date posted: 8 July 2016

Helping Indigenous youth make healthier lifestyle choices was at the forefront of discussion in north Queensland as part of NAIDOC Week.

Inside the Youth Information and Referral Service (YIRS) building, more than a dozen young people gathered around to learn about healthy eating, bush tucker recipes, and the risks of smoking.

Hoping to educate young people about smoking risks, Indigenous Tackling Smoking Officer for Deadly Choices, Ben Brennan, visited the centre to share his insight. He said it was important to get through to young Indigenous people, because almost 50 per cent of Indigenous people over the age of 15 smoked in Australia.

'The kids themselves see it's a dangerous thing, and we not only talk to them about the dangers of smoking, but it's all about leadership,' he said.

Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) is an initiative of the Department of Health (DoH).

Source: ABC News

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