New number for Go4Fun program

THE Northern NSW Local Health District today launched a new 1-800 Number for the Go4Fun program, a free healthy lifestyle program supporting children to become fitter, healthier and happier.

Parents can get in touch with their local Go4Fun program by calling 1800 780 900.

Health service health promotion acting manager Jillian Adams said the program was fun for kids and families alike and offered an approach that would lead to more healthy living, providing immediate and long-term benefits to children and their families.

"Programs like Go4Fun are interactive and support 7-13-year-old children and their families to adopt a long lasting and healthy approach to their daily lives," Ms Adams said.

The program is currently being offered via the Lismore and District Women's Health Centre in Lismore, Goonellabah, Casino, Ballina and South Tweed Heads.

In the Northern NSW Local Health District, 84 families had participated in the program since October 2010, achieving a decrease in waist circumference, improvement in fitness level and self esteem.

Kyogle mum, Sharon Auckram recently completed a 10-week Go4Fun program at Casino with daughters Kate and Laura. Sharon said the program gave a significant boost to her family's health and fitness, as well as to their approach to healthy eating and regular exercise.

"The things we thought were healthy turned out to be not as healthy as we thought, and we were given ideas on recipes and games but most importantly, we learnt that you don't have to go on a diet. Small changes are effective if you're consistent about it," Ms Auckram said.

"It's scary thinking I didn't get my food choices right for myself or my family but I think every family could benefit from the program.  At the very least, it's a program where the kids get to have fun and the parents get to make friends"

Go4Fun Programs have been running in NSW since July 2009, with 175 programs delivered and more than 1200 families completing in the program across NSW.

At completion of the program participants, on average, have achieved:

  • 2.6cm decrease in waist circumference measurements.
  • Improvement in cardio respiratory fitness, 8.7 beats per minute decrease in recovery heart rate after a 3 minute step test.
  • An improvement in self esteem.

The program consists of 20 sessions, twice a week for two hours. Highlights include:

  • Weekly games and activities.  
  • Fun, interactive discussions to teach you easy and effective ways to improve children's nutrition, physical activity and self-esteem.
  • Practical demonstrations, games and tips about healthy foods, label reading and portion sizes.
  • The chance to try delicious and healthy new foods!

The program is free and families can register online at www.mendcentral.org 

"I'd encourage families to call 1800 780 900 and register for this exciting program that delivers results that benefit young children and their parents," Ms Adams said.

The 1-800 service will be available from 10am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Callers will be provided with information and details of local programs and be able to book in.

 



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