Smiles all around for Healthy Melville’s Active Kids

The City’s popular Healthy Melville initiative can add two more achievements to its raft of success with the Active Kids in the Park sessions and a nomination in the Department of Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.

Active Kids in the Park ran throughout term two offering primary school aged children free play based fitness classes, aimed at encouraging increased outdoor activity and less screen time. The free PlayFit classes, led by the Healthy Melville RoadStars, blended a mix of obstacle courses, team games, yoga moves and parachute play, with over 400 children attending the sessions.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Active Kids in the Park was yet another success story from the Healthy Melville initiative, following the popularity of the adults, seniors and family versions throughout the year.

”It was wonderful to see so many children  participating in the free sessions, which saw the kids socialise and develop team skills, all while enjoying the City’s beautiful parks and burning a lot of energy in the process,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“Outside play is so important for children, with a quarter of children considered overweight or obese, encouraging children to play outdoors can have a big impact on reducing this problem. Not only does the physically aerobic exercise strengthen muscles, being outdoors boosts their immunity.”

“A big thankyou to our sponsors Melville Holden and St John of God Hospital Murdoch who supported this program for children along with the Active in the Park series for adults which will start again in Spring”.

The Active in the Park classes are part of the City’s Healthy Melville program, which is one of three finalists nominated for an Innovation in Practice category award in the 2016/2017 Department of Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.  

Keep your child fit, healthy and social by signing them up to one of the many children’s activities available at LeisureFit centres, including Flippa Swim School, Junior Sports Coaching or PlayTime in the Gymbakids indoor playground. For more information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/leisurefit.