FRESH FOOTY OP­TIONS

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d493675

Ethan Maloney, Kate Duncan, Chloe La Rosa, Cooper Maloney and Lilly Duncan show how de­li­cious healthy eat­ing choices can be.

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