The sound of kids laughing as they raced around the field outside Kimberwalli could be heard all the way from the top of the hill, where their parents and carers chatted during the latest Aboriginal Go4Fun session.
The kids had just spent an hour learning about healthy snack options – and even got to try some new fruits and vegetables – so they have lots of energy to burn.
For the parents, this provided a great opportunity to celebrate some healthy lifestyle wins since their last session and to swap meal ideas.
“After a lot of healthy switches, we are now happy and healthy eaters,” Jody Castairs, mother of Danny and Kyle, shared with the group.
This is what the Aboriginal Go4Fun program is all about, according to Jenny Plaskett, Healthy School Years Coordinator, Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) Centre for Population Health.
“We know introducing healthy lifestyle changes can be challenging for families, especially after the last couple of years,” Jenny said.
“Our partners at Kimberwalli told us that the community wanted ideas for fresh, affordable family meals and getting active together.
“Aboriginal Go4Fun is culturally adapted and delivered in partnership with Kimberwalli to reflect the values of Aboriginal families.
“If you’ve ever thought ‘how do I help my family to enjoy eating healthy food, spend less time on screens and be more active?’ then this program is for you.”