Kids and families
Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of children and can be beneficial for their health and wellbeing as they grow into young adults.
Encouraging children to be active every day can help to prevent a range of chronic diseases and reduce risk factors including heart disease, some cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Being physically active also helps to promote mental wellbeing and maintain healthy development and growth.
Childhood is a period where education about healthy eating and physical activity is key to establishing healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Early childhood is the perfect place to begin healthy behaviours to last throughout life.
The Munch & Move program provides training to early childhood educators to promote and support healthy behaviours of young children. The program encourages educators to embed fundamental movement skills as daily practice and provide opportunities for physical activity throughout their services to support active play.
Picnic 3-6 is a new program being offered to parents of children aged 3-6 years living on the Mid North Coast of NSW. More information will be available soon.
Life Life Well @ School is a school-based program that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for children in years K-6. It enhances teachers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching nutrition and physical activity and promotes a whole-of-school approach to encourage physical activity and active play opportunities for students.
Go4fun is a free program to help children become fitter, healthier and happier. It supports healthy lifestyle changes for children and their families, providing interactive and informative sessions for children aged 7 to 13 years. Go4Fun is an effective referral option for health professionals working with children on the Mid North Coast.
Active Kids Vouchers are available for primary aged children to access community sports. The program promotes children’s participation in organised sports and can help to boost their interest in sporting activities outside of school.
You can find loads of tips and resources to get more active every day as a family on the Healthy Eating Active Living NSW website.
Parents and carers can claim 2 x $100 vouchers to use towards sport and active recreation costs in 2023. For more information go to: Active Kids | NSW Government
Parents, guardians and carers of children aged 3 to 6 years who are not enrolled in school, can also apply for a $100 voucher towards the cost of swimming lessons. For more information go to: First Lap learn to swim voucher | Service NSW
Check out the registered providers across the mid north coast: