Fam­ily meal chal­lenge on the ta­ble

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

NEXT week is Child Pro­tec­tion Week and the Whit­sun­day PCYC is host­ing two events to ed­u­cate and raise aware­ness of the value of chil­dren.

The week from Septem­ber 6–12 will raise the pro­file on all is­sues con­nected with child pro­tec­tion, from child abuse preven­tion, treat­ment, re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and ser­vice pro­vi­sion, to sup­port for chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies.

The Whit­sun­day PCYC will host a Happy Fam­i­lies in­for­ma­tion evening next Thurs­day on fam­ily health and youth men­tal health.

The evening will in­clude guest speak­ers and in­for­ma­tion from the fields of nutri­tion, psy­chol­ogy and child pro­tec­tion.

Top­ics will in­clude the im­por­tance of mak­ing time for fam­ily bond­ing in a busy world, cy­ber safety and food and well-be­ing.

The evening will be free to at­tend and runs from 7–9pm.

The Whit­sun­day PCYC is also pre­sent­ing a chal­lenge to the re­gion called Back to the Ta­ble.

The chal­lenge is to have a week of fam­ily din­ners.

PCYC com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Cassie Holeczy said sta­tis­tics proved chil­dren who regularly sat down at the ta­ble for fam­ily din­ners were hap­pier, health­ier and per­formed bet­ter.

Fam­i­lies can con­tact the PCYC for a free chal­lenge pack, in­clud­ing easy recipes the en­tire fam­ily can be in­volved with, din­ner­time con­ver­sa­tion starters and ac­tiv­i­ties, plus free passes to the PCYC’s fam­ily fun day.

That’s right, to celebrate rais­ing aware­ness of child pro­tec­tion, the Whit­sun­day PCYC will host a fam­ily fun day on Satur­day, Septem­ber 12, for the whole com­mu­nity to en­joy.

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