Sport Waikato helps fam­i­lies make healthy changes

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A new, free pro­gramme aimed at four to six year olds, with the whole wha¯nau mak­ing healthy changes, launches in Hamil­ton on Satur­day.

The six-month pro­gramme Wha¯ nau Kori, Tamariki Ora — Ac­tive Fam­i­lies, Healthy Kids — de­vel­oped by Sport Waikato, Wha¯ nau Kori and Tamariki Ora — is flex­i­ble and in­di­vid­u­alised for each wha¯nau, and in­cludes healthy food ideas and tips, fun and easy ways to get mov­ing and ac­tive, al­ter­na­tives to screen time and build­ing good sleep habits.

“Our goal is to reach out to wha¯nau and in­stil healthy foun­da­tions for our ran­gatira (fu­ture lead­ers),” said Ac­tive Fam­i­lies Lead Co­or­di­na­tor Mandy Mccabe.

“We have an obe­sity epi­demic in Aotearoa and we need to help fam­i­lies in a way that best suits them to im­prove be­liefs and be­hav­iours around ex­er­cise and food. I’m not here to tell peo­ple what to do, I’m here to lis­ten, sup­port and ed­u­cate with simple, back to ba­sics ideas,” she said.

Wha¯ nau Kori, Tamariki Ora — Ac­tive Fam­i­lies, Healthy Kids will be launch­ing on Satur­day from 10am to 12pm at the pic­nic area by the cafe at Lake Ro­toroa.

The free event will in­clude ac­tive games for kids, bub­ble fun, colour­ing in give-away bags, as well as free fruit and wa­ter.

Go along and have some fam­ily fun and meet Mandy and the rest of the team An­thonni and Nikki.

■ For more de­tails see www.sport­waikato.org.nz/ pro­grammes/whaanau-kori.aspx

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