Take the Highway to Health
Saturday, 30th November, 2013
By By Emily Roberts
Maari Ma is running a family fun and fitness day in Sturt Park on Saturday to promote healthy lifestyles.
It is being held to coincide with the completion of an eight-week community health and fitness program at the end of the month.
The day will start with a fun run/walk at 10am and Maari Ma staff will be promoting healthy lifestyle choices and messages with a free nutritious breakfast and healthy barbecue lunch.
The anti-smoking message will also be promoted.
“We are targeting smoking and healthy lifestyle through a challenge called Highway to Health,” said Regional Tackling Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator, Cher Twe.
“Tobacco is a big problem and over the past couple of months, we have focussed heavily on promoting smoking cessation as well as activities to prevent smoking uptake.
“Now we are focussing on an active lifestyle - which is why we planned the Fun Day.”
As well as the fun run, there will be fun physical activities for children including funky fruit face painting, skipping and parachute games, a jumping castle, Zumba, an art competition and playgroup activities.
There will also be events and giveaways and staff will be on hand to talk about nutrition, smoking, dental hygiene, and to conduct health checks and carbon monoxide screening. Show bags and raffles will also be available.
“It will run from 10am to 2pm and it is a great way for the whole family to do something,” Ms Twe said.
“I really encourage parents and children to be involved.”
A number of services and organisations have pooled their resources for the day - State Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service, St John’s Ambulance Service and National Rugby League.
People wanting to take part in the fun run/walk are asked to register with Cher on 8082 9888. Participants are asked to assemble 15 minutes before to the 10am start.
Maari Ma will also be providing a free bus service from 9am to 3pm. There will be a drop off and pick up every 30 minutes at Creedon Street (in front of the flats) Picton Sports Ground (Kaolin Street), North School (Chapel Street entrance), Willyama High School (Murton Street) and Lamb Oval (Boughtman Street).