Staying active and healthy popular message at Riverside

Staff at the Riversdale Playcentre proved you are never too young to learn healthy heart habits when the centre was presented with a Heart Foundation Healthy Heart award on May 13.
The centre was recognised for its efforts in promoting healthy lifestyles to its children and their families.

Heart Foundation health promotion co-ordinator Linda Harris said the centre had worked really hard to receive the award.

The award recognises early childhood educators who promote healthy food and active movement to under-fives and their families.

"This is Riversdale's first Healthy Heart award and staff have done a fantastic job earning it," she said.

The children were taught by Playcentre staff about making healthy food choices and the importance of having a healthy body.

Riversdale Playcentre president Michelle Miller said teaching young children now about healthy food choices would put them in good stead for later in life.

"We are very privileged to have been recognised with a Healthy Heart award," she said.

At the award presentation, the children wore top hats they had made and decorated with pictures of healthy food, and danced and sang to keep active.

The children were also given stickers and hacky sacks.

Riversdale Playcentre supervisor Naomi Slack said the children enjoyed any activity to do with food preparation and being creative with food artwork.

"They created their own healthy food pictures which we sent away to be placed on a plate so they could take them home and eat off them every day," she said.

She said the children's parents had told her their children had really taken on the healthy food message and enjoyed telling their parents which foods were healthy and which were not.

--By Tim Buckingham 

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