Wa­ter the best drink op­tion, say Bulls

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KRIS BOULT

Two keen young rugby play­ers have plans to drink more wa­ter af­ter a visit from some Taranaki Bulls play­ers on Wed­nes­day.

Port Taranaki Bulls play­ers Sione Lea, Toa Halafihi, Mitchell Gra­ham and Brad Tucker were at Fitzroy Pri­mary School to help pro­mote a new project run by the Dis­trict Health Board and the Taranaki Rugby Foot­ball Union to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of chil­dren drink­ing wa­ter while play­ing sport.

As part of the cam­paign, which aims to get kids drink­ing wa­ter rather than sug­ary or fizzy al­ter­na­tives, the play­ers ran rugby skills drills and a game of Si­mon says with the pupils.

Among the groups were Neo Fraser and Matty McKen­zie who are both eight years old and play for the Tukapa un­der nines team.

The pair said they didn’t drink fizzy drinks be­fore a game and would def­i­nitely be drink­ing more wa­ter.

‘‘It was cool to have the Bulls play­ers visit to­day,’’ Neo said.

Taranaki DHB health pro­moter, Jill Ni­cholls said chil­dren needed the hy­dra­tion of wa­ter but not the sugar or chem­i­cals found in fizzy drinks, fruit juice or sports drinks.

‘‘Sports drinks are only re­quired by ath­letes play­ing high level or elite sports.’’

The sug­ary drinks are be­lieved to help con­trib­ute to many non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases es­pe­cially obe­sity, type II di­a­betes and tooth de­cay.

Wa­ter (prefer­ably flu­o­ri­dated) and plain milk should be the pre­ferred drinks for both chil­dren and adults, Ni­cholls said.

Halafihi said drink­ing wa­ter and keep­ing well hy­drated were cru­cial.

‘‘Drink­ing wa­ter is def­i­nitely im­por­tant in what we do as we need to per­form at our best.

‘‘It’s some­thing small but is so vi­tally im­por­tant.’’

He be­lieved par­ents could help by get­ting their chil­dren a wa­ter bot­tle to carry with them to cre­ate a habit of drink­ing wa­ter, not just for sports but also for their gen­eral health and well be­ing.

The Taranaki play­ers have been visit­ing schools across the re­gion when­ever they have had a home game in New Ply­mouth and the visit to Fitzroy Pri­mary School was just one of many on the cards last week.

Also due for a visit from the play­ers were Ra­hotu, Coastal Taranaki, Waitara East and Te Pi­ipi­inga Kakano Mai Ran­giatea schools.


Taranaki Bulls rugby play­ers Mitchell Gra­ham and Brad Tucker were at Fitzroy Pri­mary School in New Ply­mouth to ed­u­cate the stu­dents on the im­por­tance of drink­ing wa­ter.

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