Families encouraged to make healthy habits stick

Families are being encouraged to start the school year with a healthy dose of fun with the launch of the 2015 Go4Fun program.

With childhood obesity rates in South Western Sydney sitting slightly above the NSW average, Western Sydney Local Health District’s Healthy Children’s Initiative manager Leah Choi said now was a good time to encourage families to make healthy habits stick.

“Go4Fun is a healthy lifestyle program offered without charge to kids aged seven to 13 who are above a healthy weight,” Ms Choi said.

“Parents can get involved in the program too – learning about healthy eating and physical activity using fun, up-beat activities and games.

“We’ve seen children come through the programs with improved self-esteem and confidence, newly developed fitness levels and sporting skills and all-round improved health.”

Ms Choi said a balanced diet also helped children focus and concentrate, helping their learning and mood.

The program provides parents with advice on weight and role modelling, and nutritional information on food serving sizes and label reading, in a supporting environment.

Go4Fun runs after school during the school term at Mount Annan Leisure Centre on Saturdays from 1pm-3pm, at Eagle Vale Central on Tuesdays from 5pm-7pm and at Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre on Thursdays from 4.30-6.30pm.

Details: www.go4fun.com.au or call 1800780900.

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