Go4Fun gives kids an active, healthy start to the year

Go4Fun gives kids an active, healthy start to the year
As families start preparing school uniforms and backpacks ready for going back to school, now is a good time to think about how to give kids a positive start to their school year.

We all want our kids to be healthy, happy and active, but the common habits of too much screen time, not enough outdoor play, and too much junk food can set them on an unhealthy path.

That’s where the free Go4Fun program can help.

Go4Fun is a healthy-lifestyle program for children aged 7-13, who are above a healthy weight.

Go4Fun programs run once a week after school. Kids get to make new friends, play fun and active games and improve their overall health.

Importantly, parents or carers are also involved and each week there are practical demonstrations and tips on how to shop for food, cook simple nutritious meals and raise active, healthy kids.

Jillian Adams, Manager of Health Promotion for Northern NSW Local Health District, said at the end of the program, children’s self-esteem is lifted, they are more physically active and keen to try new healthy foods.

“Parents appreciate the program and feel more confident in providing meals that their children will enjoy, but that are also good for them,” Ms Adams said.

Go4Fun is funded by NSW Health and is offered free to families. During the program children also receive a free lunch pack, water bottle, t-shirt and other incentives.

In Term 1 Go4Fun programs are being held every Wednesday afternoon at venues in Goonellabah, Grafton and Tweed Heads starting on Wednesday 6 February.

The Aboriginal Go4Fun program will be held in Casino.

For more information, contact the Go4Fun coordinator Phoebe Nicholls on 0436 012 371, or free call 1800 780 900, or visit the website at www.go4fun.com.au.

Media contact: Lee Duncan, Health Promotion, 0447 902 641.

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