Getting a kick from fitness

Saturday May 09, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Nukutere College students take part in a game of Quick Rip rugby, which will be part of a healthy living programme starting Monday. 18050788 Nukutere College students take part in a game of Quick Rip rugby, which will be part of a healthy living programme starting Monday. 18050788

Rarotonga children will learn some new healthy habits in a sports programme kicking off on Monday.

 

The news healthy living programme in schools will have more than 600 students from Year 9 to 13 taking part.

Sports development officer Pomare Pittman said the purpose of this seven-week programme was to educate the youth of the Cook Islands on healthy living and the importance of an active lifestyle.

It would focus on different aspect of healthy living including food choices, sugar, processed foods, balanced diets, meal portions and hydration, as well as warm-up and game-day meals and preparation.

“This will be combined with quick rip rugby which serves as the exercise component of the programme as well as a development tool for rugby union,” Pittman said.

“Teaching the basic skills of rugby which will hopefully translate into more future rugby players from the Cook Islands, both men and women.”

The programme is a combined effort of Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee, Cook Islands Rugby Union, New Zealand Rugby and Oceania Rugby

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