Sarah pi­o­neers fit­ness cam­paign

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACK­HOUSE

A TOWNSVILLE woman wor­ried about obe­sity lev­els in the city’s chil­dren is lead­ing a rev­o­lu­tion of change.

Sarah Staunton is the driv­ing force be­hind the free fam­ily event Race Youth Rev­o­lu­tion.

“We see so many chil­dren in Townsville that are over­weight,” she said. “It takes a vil­lage to raise a child and as a vil­lage Townsville is not do­ing a great job of keep­ing kids fit.”

In June the Townsville Bul­letin re­ported the city’s kids are the heav­i­est in the state, with 30.7 per cent over­weight or obese. In a bid to change that, The Strand Park will be trans­formed on Satur­day from 8am with an event billed as “mak­ing fit­ness fun”.

The day will fea­ture free kids’ fit­ness classes, in­clud­ing four run­ning classes. A nu­tri­tion­ist and phys­io­ther­a­pist will be on hand to pro­vide free ad­vice. There will also be health stalls, a jump­ing cas­tle, mu­sic and give­away prizes.

Mrs Staunton spent weeks pre­par­ing for the event with the as­sis­tance of Townsville City Coun­cil­lor Colleen Doyle.

The uni­ver­sity stu­dent and mother of four said the event was timed to co­in­cide with the busy Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onships week­end which will see thou­sands of ex­tra vis­i­tors to Townsville.

It’s some­thing she feels pas­sion­ate about and she’s put her own fi­nances in to help get the not- for- profit event started.

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