Rick rocks healthy schools
City of Karratha schoolchildren were visited by a football celebrity last week when West Coast Eagles mascot Rick the Rock stopped by a number of local schools to promote the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
Rick and West Coast Eagles schools and community program co-ordinator Kim Hannah held presentations at Baynton West, St Paul’s, Dampier, Peg’s Creek and Millars Well primary schools and Roebourne District High School last Thursday and Friday in a bid to get students excited about exercise, healthy eating and resilience.
Rick led assembly areas full of children through a morning exercise session and gave them a peek inside the contents of his lunchbox.
Mr Hannah said the Eagles’ community program had a strong education focus and their mascot’s fun and cheeky approach made its health and inclusion messages easy for students to relate to.
“The presentations we do are all about trying to give kids alternatives and thoughts about healthy lifestyles,” he said.
“So we talk about things to do with exercise, with healthy eating, and our biggest theme these days is resilience.”
Rick tours about 250 primary schools across WA each year with his healthy lifestyle message.