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OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle)A program supporting children through families, businesses and communities to live an active healthy lifestyle.
Admittedly with new engaging devices available, it is a struggle to ask kids to be active and play the old fashioned way. With that in mind OPAL was established in 2009 to combat obesity and sedentary lifestyle issues arising in the young generation.
OPAL is a fantastic initiative with a high focus on developing themes and activities for kids to encourage outdoor play and learn healthy eating practices. Active healthy children are happy children with more confidence, stronger bones, and at less risk of developing diabetes and cholesterol issues.
Council knows the importance of guiding children towards a healthy direction in life. As a result we have joined the OPAL Network and will support the initiative beyond when State Government funding ceases June 2017. Councils within South Australia and Northern Territory have joined the Network to keep the legacy alive and continue to support young people.
As a member of the network we will have access to OPAL training, over 5000 projects, branding and methodology. Access to these services will enable us to effectively flow information to our community, benefiting the local children.
Many more activities will arise from the OPAL Mid North team and we look forward to their next creative event. Be aware of upcoming OPAL events and keep your kids busy by joining OPAL’s facebook page. For more information on OPAL, visit the OPAL website.
If your community has an idea or project and would like assistance through provision of information, please contact Council on 8862 0800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.