A free after-school program to help children get active and eat healthier will return at four locations across the Central Coast next term.

Go4Fun will run for 10 weeks at PCYC Bateau Bay every Wednesday evening from 12 October, and at Lake Haven Recreation Centre every Thursday evening from 13 October.

Aboriginal Go4Fun, a culturally adapted version of the program, will run at San Remo Neighbourhood Centre every Monday evening from 10 October and Mingaletta, Umina Beach every Tuesday from 11 October.

Go4Fun is a free healthy wellbeing program for children aged 7 to 13 who are above a healthy weight, 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.

Kids 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, Joel Bunn, said there is a growing interest in the program after a COVID-enforced hiatus.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in interest in our face-to-face programs ever since they started back up again in April,” Joel said.

“We’re pleased to be offering four 10-week programs across the Central Coast next term and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of happy and active kids, along with their parents and carers.

“If you’re not able to attend one of our programs in-person, our Go4Fun Online program offers families weekly online sessions and personalised phone support from a Go4Fun coach.

“As places on both the in-person and online programs are limited, we’re encouraging families to call and register their details as soon as they can to ensure they don’t miss out.”

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