Fun times in the hol­i­days

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Court­ney Fowler

■ School hol­i­days are all about fun and there was no ex­cep­tion across the Shire of Ash­bur­ton as chil­dren from each town took part in the Shire’s School Hol­i­day Pro­gram.

Sci­ence shows, per­form­ing arts, first aid cour­ses and a va­ri­ety of sport kept ev­ery­one en­ter­tained and helped burn the pent-up hol­i­day en­ergy.

The Scitech Out­reach pro­gram trav­elled through Parabur­doo, Tom Price and Pan­na­won­ica, giv­ing par­tic­i­pants the chance to try their hand at some cool ex­per­i­ments.

Cre­ative tal­ent was em­braced dur­ing the IF Foundation Per­form­ing Arts work­shop, where the theme of “a fu­ture with­out vi­o­lence” was en­joyed by all the bud­ding per­form­ers.

Vis­it­ing as­tronomers wowed chil­dren in Onslow with talk of con­stel­la­tions and gal­ax­ies, and an evening com­mu­nity event show­cased the won­ders of the night sky pow­er­ful tele­scopes.

In Parabur­doo, the lo­cal St John Am­bu­lance team ran a ba­sic first aid course for chil­dren, which was well re­ceived.

The Pan­na­won­ica Po­lice of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to be a po­lice­man for a day.

Thank­fully, res­i­dents were well be­haved and no ar­rests were made by the young con­sta­bles.

As a fi­nal wrap-up, chil­dren in Onslow spent a day cook­ing up a feast for the clos­ing cel­e­bra­tion where kids of all ages, par­ents and grand­par­ents came to­gether to view the two weeks of pure hol­i­day fun via a spe­cial slideshow pre­sen­ta­tion.

Shire Pres­i­dent Kerry White said she was pleased to see so many ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer for chil­dren of all ages.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing see­ing so many kids be­ing ac­tive, learn­ing new skills and gen­er­ally just giv­ing things a go,” she said.

“Judg­ing by the smiles and laugh­ter across each of the towns, the Oc­to­ber school hol­i­days were an­other huge suc­cess.”

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton School Hol­i­day Pro­gram is sup­ported by Rio Tinto and the Chevron- op­er­ated Wheat­stone project. Af­ter preg­nancy you are re­cov­er­ing from phys­i­cal trauma; your body is in a state of heal­ing.

At the same time, it is in a state of feed­ing an­other life.

Un­for­tu­nately, there is a grow­ing trend for new mums to achieve their “pre-baby-body”.

Not only is this men­tally and emo­tion­ally dam­ag­ing, it also runs the risk of women cut­ting calo­ries, which cuts pre­cious nu­tri­ents for their baby.

Here are a few key points to fo­cus on to make this tran­si­tion nu­tri­tion­ally sup­port­ive: ■ En­ergy: You should be eat­ing your three main meals, as well as aim­ing to snack ev­ery two hours. ■ Fat: Nour­ish­ing fats are a key source of en­ergy, but are also needed to carry fat sol­u­ble nu­tri­ents and hor­mones. ■ Anti-in­flam­ma­tory com­pounds, such as a range of dif­fer­ent coloured fresh pro­duce, oily fish, green tea, berries and nuts and seeds. ■ Vi­ta­mins and Min­er­als: To avoid nu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies for your­self, which would im­pair your re­cov­ery, abil­ity to cope with de­mands of moth­er­hood and re­duce your fu­ture health it is im­por­tant to eat a broad range of whole foods.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

Chil­dren from across the Shire of Ash­bur­ton took part in the pop­u­lar School Hol­i­day pro­gram.

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