Fun's the name of the game

MOST parents these days know it can be a battle to get their child to switch a can of Red Bull for a bottle of water, or an hour of XBox for a game of tennis.

Let's move: Qcannon Utatao, Mal Fruean, Tali Pita, Eden Utatao, Susan Pita and Ashante Pita get moving in Minto on Monday afternoon. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Let's move: Qcannon Utatao, Mal Fruean, Tali Pita, Eden Utatao, Susan Pita and Ashante Pita get moving in Minto on Monday afternoon. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Now there's a family health program that aims to help adults and children from Campbelltown's Pacific community make better decisions when it comes to diet and exercise.

The Pacific Kids program in Minto is the first Go4Fun group tailored to a specific cultural community and will run at the South West Multicultural and Community Centre this school term.

Go4Fun is a program developed by the South Western Sydney Local Health District to help children aged seven to 13 who are above a healthy weight.

The 10-week program offers weekly workshops with information about how to live a healthy lifestyle and time to exercise.

Program manager Leah Choi said the new program highlighted the importance of working in partnership with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

"Having the support of local community services has helped address culture-specific issues and has been a key factor in engaging Pacific families to get involved with Go4Fun," Ms Choi said.

Leumeah mother Susan Pita will attend the program with her children Ashante, 11, and Tali, 10.

"I'm hoping they'll think more about being more active and eating better," she said.

Mrs Pita said she was attracted to the program because it aimed to be educational and fun.

Details: Parents who would like to sign their children up for the program in term 2 can phone community centre co-ordinator Mal Fruean on 9603 2500.

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