Fun's good for you, too
MANY parents are surprised to see how much sugar is heaped into a can of soft drink or bar of chocolate, says Go4Fun program manager Nicki Kerr.
Lifting the lid on sugar content is simply an element of the Go4Fun initiative which provides a free lifestyle and fitness program to willing participants.
“Many of our parents are shocked to discover that foods they previously thought were ‘lite’ or ‘healthy’, especially snack foods, actually contain high levels of sugar or fat,” Ms Kerr said.
“Advertising and labelling can put a misleading slant on products and after participating in the program parents and kids are armed with the skills to identify ingredients and make informed choices themselves.”
Kate Francourt knows the benefits of doing the course after her son Hamish graduated from the Term 1 program.
“You learn so many valuable things like the correct portion sizes for children which is important because all recommended daily intake information is based on an adult’s diet,” Ms Francourt said.
Registrations for the Term 2 course are now open and places worth up to $900 per child are being offered free of charge. If your child is 7 to 13 years old and above a healthy weight range, then contact the Women’s Health Centre on 6652 8111 or email Nkerr@chwhc.com.au to register.