Chiltern kids celebrate healthy choices

Wednesday 28 May, 2008

Kids - ‘Go for your life' congratulates Chiltern and District Preschool, Chiltern Primary School and St Joseph's Primary School for making healthy eating and physical activity a priority in their community.

With all 3 children's services in Chiltern members of the Kids - ‘Go for your life' Program, Chiltern is the first town in Victoria to have the whole community committed to the Program.

Creating healthy habits for life is the basis of the Kids - ‘Go for your life' Program.  The Kids - ‘Go for your life' Program provides a comprehensive, yet simple guide, on how to create a healthier environment for children by promoting six healthy messages - Tap into Water, Plant Fruit and Veg in Your Lunchbox, Limit ‘Sometimes' Foods, Move, Play and Go, Turn Off, Switch to Play and Stride and Ride.

"Schools and early childhood services across Victoria have really embraced the Kids - ‘Go for your life' Program. Seeing first hand the changes being made to promote healthy eating and physical activity, and how they are welcomed by the staff at the service or school, the kids and their parents, it is very rewarding," says Dr Suzy Honisett, Kids - 'Go for your life' Manager.

The ‘Go for your life' Mobile Education Centre will visit Chiltern on Tuesday 3 June 2008 to celebrate the successes of the town.

"The Mobile Education Centre engages and motivates the kids to eat healthy food and be physically active. From food relays to physical activities for healthy hearts, the Mobile Education Centre gets the message across in a fun and interactive way that really empowers the kids to adopt healthy habits in the playground and at home," says Anna Hession, Occupational Therapist, and local Kids - ‘Go for your life' Champion.

The ‘Go for your life' Mobile Education Centre travels throughout Victoria to schools, services and community events promoting physical activity and healthy eating messages free of charge.

For more information on the Kids - ‘Go for your life' Program
or the ‘Go for your life' Mobile Education Centre
visit  www.gorforyourlife.vic.gov.au/kids or call 1300 739 899