A program aimed at helping children get active and eat healthier will return to the Central Coast in face-to-face format for the first time in a year after a COVID-enforced hiatus.

Go4Fun will run for 10 weeks at Toukley Aquatic Centre every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm, starting 26th April. It will also run at Niagara Park Stadium from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 30th April, and then every Monday 4pm to 6pm from 2nd May.

Aboriginal Go4Fun, a culturally adapted version of the program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, will take place at Camp Breakaway in San Remo every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm, starting 27th April.

Go4Fun is a free healthy lifestyle program for children aged 7 to 13 who are above a healthy weight to enjoy along with their families. Run by trained health and community professionals, Go4Fun is a fun way for children to build self-esteem and learn about eating well, staying active and living a healthy life. Participants take part in group activities and games, receive rewards and prizes, while parents benefit from professional tailored advice to help make positive health changes for the whole family.

Go4Fun is a NSW Health state-wide initiative offered on the Central Coast by the Local Health District’s Health Promotion Service. Health promotion officer, Julie Hunter, welcomed the return of in-person programs.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to offer Go4Fun in its online format throughout the pandemic, however, we’re really excited to get our face-to-face programs up and running again,” Julie said. “Nothing beats seeing the children interact with one another in person, take part in activities and make new friends.

“We know there are lots of local families who have been waiting for our face-to-face programs to return. However, for those who are not able to commit to the face-to-face program, Go4Fun Online is still available and offers weekly online sessions and personalised phone support from a Go4Fun coach.

“Places on the programs are limited though, so we urge families who want to take part to get registering soon to avoid missing out.”

To register, or for more information, visit go4fun.com.au or free phone 1800 780 900.