Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Active Families in the Western Bay of Plenty has literally hit the ground running for 2016. The year kicked off in January with 14 families completing their first ever Weetbix TRYathlon here at Mount Maunganui and despite the rain there were smiles all round when crossing the finish line.
In February our kids learnt that keeping active is ‘FUN & EXCITING’ by exploring the Waikareao Estuary on their bikes as part of the Play in the Bay Bike Month Scavenger Hunt. Hineata , aged 8 years old stated that ‘It was cool finding the clues whilst biking along the board walk, making new friends along the way’.
Active Families is not just about exercise but also about educating children and whanau about making healthier food choices. Stephen Cameron (Oral Health Advisor) from the district health board facilitated a healthy cooking demonstration with 10 families learning innovative ways to make healthy kai taste great. The families prepared curried chicken, vegetable salad and fruit salad, proving that food can be delicious, affordable and nutritious.
There’s plenty more to look forward to as we move into Autumn, including the Glow Worm walk at Te Reranga Tunnel Tect All Terrain Park, Active Families ‘Couch to 7km’ walking group and for the first time we are offering a Taekwondo programme with Master Kesi Oneil.
The aim of the Active Families Programme is to support, encourage, and motivate families to make healthier lifestyle choices, through increasing their levels of physical activity and changing their eating habits. The programme is for children aged between 5 and 18 years old and runs for up to 12 months depending on the needs of the individual and their family. For more information about the Active Families Programme – check out our website or contact Lena Kairau on 07 578 0016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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