Jan 24
Are Your Kids Active Enough Over The Holidays?

Western NSW Local Health District will offer an exciting program to help children on their way to a happy healthier New Year.

The Go4Fun Program is a free program to support children aged 7-13 who are above a healthy weight range, to develop long lasting healthy lifestyle habits.

Go4Fun Coordinator Jennifer Hunt said some parents find it difficult to motivate children outside school and structured activities and it’s a common problem that sometimes parents think they are buying healthy food when they are not, because of aggressive clever marketing on labels.

“Go4Fun offers great education and support for parents and kids to arm them with the knowledge they need to lead healthier lives. The program helps families manage their lifestyle for the long term.  Programs are very interactive and great fun!

“Families learn to read labels, change poor behaviours and enjoy food more.” Ms Hunt said.

The 6 key behaviours to consider during the school holiday period and beyond to reduce and prevent childhood overweight are;

  • Reduce the amount of high calorie, nutrition poor foods they eat
  • Increase how much fruit & vegetable your child eats
  • Reduce the amount of sugary drinks they have
  • Reduce TV and computer time
  • Increase the amount of moderate to vigorous play and sport they do
  • Increase walking, cycling and incidental exercise

 “Childhood overweight and obesity is a priority health issue in NSW. Being overweight or obese substantially increases the risk of serious health problems. Obesity in adolescents correlates with long term social and economic consequences. By running this program in many of our communities we hope to tackle this issue head on,” said Ms Hunt.

Go4Fun is a FREE program supporting 7-13 year olds above their healthy weight range and their parents.

Go4Fun Programs are running in Term 1 in Orange, Bathurst, Cowra, Mudgee, Dubbo and Coonabarabran Local Government Area.

For information and registration; Call Freecall 1800 780 900 or go online www.mendcentral.org