FRESH FOOTY OPTIONS
HAMMOND Park Junior Football Club players are part of a new push to promote health and wellbeing among WA’s youngest players.
The junior club will receive training from the WA School Canteen Association to review its canteen menu and provide a range of healthy options.
The training is part of a statewide $400,000 partnership with Healthway and the West Australian Football Commission.
HAMMOND Park Junior Football Club players are already wearing green, but they’ll soon be eating green too thanks to a new statewide partnership.
Healthway has joined with the West Australian Football Commission in a two-year $400,000 partnership that aims to promote healthy eating choices and maintain good health and wellbeing among WA’s youngest players.
Under the partnership junior clubs will receive training from the WA School Canteen Association to review their canteen menus and provide a wider variety of nutritious choices.
Hammond Park JFC secretary Maree Owen said their 535 players would benefit greatly from the changes.
“Promoting health eating is crucial to grassroots sports,” she said.
“Aligning with healthy eating gives alternatives to the traditional options available at a grassroots sporting event and teaches young participants that there are other choices that help fuel the body and the brain.
“We recently underwent an assessment by Fuel to Go and Play in order to establish where we sat with the traffic light system and with a few small changes we are well on our way to providing healthier options to our canteen.
“Just like playing football is fun, so should eating healthy foods.”
Health Minister Roger Cook said the partnership would also involve ‘Go for 2&5’ banners positioned around the grounds during games, specific canteen signage and more education resources.
“Starting positive eating habits during childhood can have long-term advantages for health and wellbeing, which in turn reduces risk factors for so many chronic conditions,” he said.
Ethan Maloney, Kate Duncan, Chloe La Rosa, Cooper Maloney and Lilly Duncan show how delicious healthy eating choices can be.