WHAT better way to encourage your kids to keep fit and healthy than leading by example?
That's the idea behind the free Family Fitness Healthy Activities program at Deception Bay, project manager Brodie Cambourne said.
"It's a parent-inclusive, children's health program where we use music, physical activity, craft and food adventures to teach parents and carers to follow healthy lifestyles with their kids," Brodie said.
"The federal funding for the program started in 2007, so some of the kids started doing it at naught and are now 7 years of age and still involved."
While Brodie is based in Nowra, New South Wales, she kicked-off the program all those years ago and still teaches at Deception Bay and marvels at its progression.
"It's a really good success story - the people who needed the service are now helping others," Brodie explained.
"The whole idea is to train local people up to run the local programs.
"I'm involved because I run Fiteracy (a KidFit program), where we teach creative ways to seek health and encourage language development."
As an accredited KidFit exercise physiologist, Brodie's university training and years of experience in the field enables her to introduce all children to safe physical activity participation through regular assessments and progressive planned exercise programs.
As a mother and lead nutritionist and dietitian of Kids Dig Food, Murrumba Downs' Deb Blakley is also a Fiteracy facilitator with the Deception Bay program.
"I first learned about Fiteracy when I took my daughter along to some classes run by Brodie about five years ago," she said.
"When I set up my family nutrition consultancy practice last year I was drawn back to the Fiteracy principles of strength-based, parent-inclusive, low anxiety and literacy development. They just match so well with the vision I have for supporting kids and families to eat well in a positive and non-judgmental way.
"I really enjoy seeing families explore food and build skills in health, literacy and be active all at the same time. It is extremely rewarding."
Deception Bay sisters Emma, 4, and Amy, 6, have been involved with and have enjoyed the program since a very young age, mum Sarah Fairall said.
"I saw a brochure on the wall of the Deception Bay health clinic when Amy was about six weeks old, and she started it when she was about five months," she said.
"I was pregnant with Emma while I was still going with Amy - it's also great to get them into reading, writing, craft and fitness."
Sarah said they are part of the Fiteracy support group on Wednesday afternoons, where they do some running and boxing in a "free, supportive group".
The latest round of the free four-week exercise program, beginning at the end of this month, introduces participants to Deception Bay PCYC boxing coach Kev, while Kat, from Katastrophic drumming, is also involved in assisting with introducing children to fun methods for engaging in team work through drawing, art and game skills.
Participants complete regular fitness assessments and are able to continue on with their program for another four weeks following their initial four-week program, and are able to rejoin the program at any time.
Brodie said the program also links participants to local healthcare providers, for parents who need a safe, trustworthy environment.
Fitness fun for everyone
WHAT: Family Fitness Healthy Activities program, Deception Bay
WHEN: Wednesday afternoons, from April 30
WHERE: Various locations, including Deception Bay PCYC at 100 Maine Trc
COST: Free (four-week block)
CONTACT: Go to http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/healthy-activities-deception-bay-family-fitness-4-week-block -tickets-11068268489 for more and to sign-up.
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