Children across western Sydney are in for a treat with the Western Sydney Local Health District’s Go4Fun program.
Sessions will be held at locations across Granville, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Seven Hills North, Merrylands and Mt Druitt from February 4 to April 11.
Go4Fun is a lifestyle program for children aged 7-13 designed to help them become fitter, healthier and happier through a range of activities including games, quizzes and a supermarket tour.
Western Sydney Centre for Population Health’s project officer Kirsti Cunningham said the program focused on families making small but significant lifelong changes to encourage healthy eating and increasing family activity levels.
“Along with fun and practical activities, the program will also teach kids how to interpret food labels – an important skill for healthy eating,’’ she said.
“Kids who have attended previous programs have achieved fantastic results and are now enjoying healthier and more active lifestyles.
‘‘Many saw their waistlines reduce while their self-esteem and fitness soared.”
Along with weekly games and demonstrations, the program consists of interactive discussions about portion sizes to help improve children’s nutrition, physical activity and self-esteem.
Go4Fun programs run over a 10-week period and sessions are held twice a week for two hours, 4pm-6pm.
A parent must be able to attend each session with their child.
For more information, or to register a child for an upcoming program, call 1800780900 or register online at: www.mendcentral.org/go4fun
Free health packs will be offered to the first 20 people who register for the program.
They include a healthy cookbook, a ball and a wristband.