Fun times in the holidays
■ 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.
Children from across the Shire of Ashburton took part in the popular School Holiday program.