Fair Game Field Report, 24/8/2017
Dylan Goddard, Regional Coordinator Mid-West
Well, what a fantastic way to kick start Fair Game’s new partnership with Healthway ‘Go for 2 & 5’ We are very excited to support this valuable message aligning well with our Healthy Bellies program.
In July a team of 4 volunteers hit the road from Perth, travelling to the Midwest towns of Yalgoo, Mt Magnet and Cue for the first trip sponsored by Healthway. Our goal was to engage kids in our exciting Game On! physical activity program whilst promoting the ‘Go for 2 &5’ message over the school holidays. Liaising with Shire Youth Engagement Officers and Regional Health teams, we played fun active games with youth in the community from 4-17 years old. In Yalgoo we worked alongside the amazing Linaire Hodge from Yalgoo Shire to play soccer, basketball, obstacle courses and running races at their Rage Cage with 33 kids. We then went through a handwashing station and taught the importance of healthy food choices to ‘fuel our bodies for sport’. Participants munched on carrots, apples and oranges and learnt about the fibre content of fruits and vegetables.
In Cue the kids learnt all about oral hygiene by brushing giant teeth and exploring keeping ears clear by ‘breathe, blow, cough!’ We then drank water and repeated Healthy Bellies activities, complimented by donating lunchboxes and healthy food booklets!
Mt Magnet was where we trialled our exciting new ‘Whole Community Cook-Ups & Yarn Sessions’. We partnered with Alex Whelan (WACRH) and WA Police to run a Wednesday evening basketball session. We practised skills such as dribbling and shooting, umpired a scratch match, engaged younger children with races and our aboriginal yoga program and talked with local parents about who we are and why we love visiting the regions every school holidays. Thanks to ‘Go for 2 and 5’, we cooked a vegetable spaghetti Bolognese packed full of zucchini, carrot and celery. We topped it off with delicious muesli, fruit and yoghurt cups for dessert! Over 35 young people left filled with healthy goodness, were ran off their feet and also provided with a Fair Game Healthy Communities backpack. These provide essential health items and information to encourage participants to make long-term behavioural change. It was a huge success and we can’t wait to return in September to make more impact on our next Healthway sponsored trip.
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