Healthy lifestyle message at village festival

Monday March 16, 2015 Written by CIFA Media Published in Health
Matavera children are in for lots of fun with exciting sports activities at tomorrow’s village festival at the Takitumu School sports grounds. Matavera children are in for lots of fun with exciting sports activities at tomorrow’s village festival at the Takitumu School sports grounds.

Matavera kids will be on the move tomorrow, with exciting activities at the popular Just Play Village Festival at Takitumu School field.

The fun and games will get underway from 2.30pm onwards and all tamariki are in for a treat. 

The Village Festival will once again partner up with the Ministry of Health and sporting codes rugby, cricket, athletics and handball to deliver this month’s community initiative. 

“The Just Play community initiative provides all boys and girls with the opportunity to be physically active after school in their community,” says manager Michelle Paiti.

“Quality, fun after-school programmes are a vital part of the fabric of our communities that provide a rich array of fun physical activities to children.” 

All boys and girls aged five to 13 are encouraged to get along to Takitumu School field to have a go at the variety of sports on offer.

“So parents organise your kids to attend the festival after school where they will be supervised, safe and physically active,” says Paiti.

Water will be provided during the festival and it’s important that children wear hats or sunblock to keep them safe from the sun. 

Leading a healthy lifestyle is the social message for this month which will be delivered by Karen Tairea from Public Health. 

Just Play’s Village Festival message is to encourage the next generation to lead long healthy lives and to succeed in school and life. 

“The Village Festival is a fun way to promote physical activity, learn key social messages, try different sports and give children the opportunity to make new friends in a safe environment,” says Paiti. 

Paiti would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Australian Government (AusAid), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), UEFA and UNICEF through the Just Play Social Development Programme as well as the help of local partners in this community initiative.

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