Race on to healthy eat­ing

Pinjarra Murray Times - - SPORT -

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.”

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