Think Feet First
2012 Theme - Think Feet First
In 2012 the OPAL program encouraged families and communities to look at active ways to travel to and from school with their key message “Think Feet First - step, cycle, scoot to school.”
Being active every day is important for everyone and is essential for children’s health. Children who are physically active have increased bone and muscle strength and increased concentration. Plus, when asked, most kids would love to step, cycle or scoot to school.
Children who regularly actively travel will develop a greater knowledge of their neighborhood, improved communication and social skills and have more road safety and route planning experience.
Part way is OK
If you are unable to walk, cycle or scoot the whole way to school, consider other opportunities such as parking further away from the school and walking to meet the kids. Alternatively, you can walk, cycle or scoot to other destinations, such as, the local shops, park or a friend’s house.
Look out for local OPAL activities promoting the active travel message.
Peel Pour Pop
Peel Pour Pop
Why focus on breakfast?
> skipping breakfast has a relationship with increased risk of being overweight, obesity or having a higher BMI
> breakfast consumers:
– have a higher daily energy intake but a higher nutrient intake
– get their energy and nutrients from meals not snacks
> Breakfast is likely to be a proxy for healthier lifestyle patterns in general.
> Breakfast tends to be comprised of foods from ‘core’ food groups, therefore has potential to provide a healthy start in terms of dietary intake.
> Breakfast is associated with regular meal patterns which is protective against higher BMI.
> Breakfast is positively associated with overall diet quality including increased consumption of fruit and veg and less soft drinks.
> Higher breakfast quality has been associated with better behaviour.
A healthy breakfast:
> contributes to the energy, vitamins and minerals children need for healthy growth and development
> assists learning and concentration
> gets children into good habits for life long benefits
> helps maintain a healthy weight
> reduces unhealthy snacking during the day.
What is a healthy breakfast?
> A healthy brekky comprises at least two to three food groups, preferably from wholegrain breads and cereals, dairy and fruit, and is low in sugar, salt and fat.
Examples of healthy cereals include:
> Wheat biscuits
> Kellogg's Sultana Bran
> Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats
> Uncle Tobys Weeties
Other options include:
> Plain or toasted wholegrain or fruit breads
> Fresh, frozen or tinned fruit in natural juice
> Proteins such as baked beans, eggs, redued-fat milk, yoghurts and cheese.
Healthy Breakfast Options
It can take a while for kids appetites to wake up in the morning. Give your kids the best chance of enjoying a healthy brekky by:
– Limiting snacks after dinner
– Setting an earlier bed time
– Waking them up in plenty of time for kindy or school
– Turning off the TV in the morning
– Eating breakfast with your kids
Life Looks Brighter Outside
2014 theme - Life Looks Brighter Outside
The 2014/2015 OPAL Program Goal, ‘Parks and Places’ is about outdoor play in outdoor places and is in response to the dramatic decrease in children spending time outdoors.
The theme, ‘Life looks brighter outside’ was launched July 2014 and aims to support families in the Mid North region to enjoy time together exploring local parks and playgrounds, thereby increasing levels of physical activity.
2015 Theme - Water. The Orginal Cool Drink
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For more information call your local OPAL team on 0488 090 303 or email Emma.Young@NACouncil.sa.gov.au or visit www.opal.sa.gov.au