Race on to healthy eating
A NEW partnership between Healthway and Little Athletics WA will promote the Go for 2&5 healthy eating message to thousands of young athletes aged between six and 17 and their families.
The partnership will also support increased availability of healthy food and drink choices at Little Athletics WA events across 85 clubs, 8700 participants and 35 event centres across the state.
Go for 2&5 promotes eating two serves of fruit and five of vegetables each day as a guide for good health.
As part of the sponsorship, the Little Athletics WA community will be provided with information about healthy eating that they can use and circulate throughout their clubs.
Young athletes and their families will be encouraged to contribute to a healthy snack recipe book and a healthy precompetition meal recipe book which will be distributed state-wide.
Nearly all (99 per cent) of Healthway-sponsored organisations now have healthy food choices available at their events as part of sponsorship arrangements.
Health Minister Roger Cook said it was a great partnership that would help the youngest generation grow into healthy adults and create a new, healthy era in Western Australian junior sport.
“This is vitally important when only 39.7 per cent of children aged five to 15 are sufficiently active for good health, and only around one in six (15.7 per cent) of children aged between two and 15 are eating the recommended serves of vegies each day,” he said.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said it was terrific Little Athletics would be supported by an organisation with such a positive message to pass on.
“Little Athletics provides a great pathway for WA’s youngsters into more senior levels of sport – indeed, many of WA’s athletics champions started out running, jumping and throwing at Little Athletics clubs on community ovals and tracks around the state.”