Yandeyarra children enjoy healthy eating fun

8 November 2017

Healthy eating fun was enjoyed at our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool in Yandeyarra this week, with children enjoying a ride on a special smoothie bike thanks to the EON Foundation.Four aboriginal girls enjoying smoothies at Yandeyarra pool

EON Foundation is a charitable organization that provides assistance to Aboriginal remote communities in the Pilbara & Kimberley. They currently operate in 6 communities across the region, including Yandeyarra where they visit on a fortnightly basis.

The Foundation’s Thriving Communities program is implemented over a 3-5 year period, to build capacity within the community, preventing disease and improving health of community members.
Monday’s visit by Jenny from EON saw the Yandeyarra children take part in their annual “Tri-A-Smoothie” triathalon in which they ran 4 circuits of a track around the pool’s grassed area, 4 x 25m laps of the pool, before jumping on EON’s special smoothie bike to complete 100 pedals and mix up their own fruit smoothie as a reward for their hard work!

The triathlon was delivered as part of the regular after school Go for 2&5 Swim for Fruit program that happens at the pool, and was a fantastic twist that the children thoroughly enjoyed! The aim of the day was not only to get the children active, but also to help them see the value of healthy eating and how delicious healthy snacks can be!

Yandeyarra Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pool Manager Jacqui Forbes says “We had 25 kids take part and they had a lot of fun, managing to consume 15 Bananas, 12 Mangoes, 1 large Watermelon, 2 litres of Milk and 2kg of Yogurt!”

Both Royal Life Saving’s Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Program and EON Foundation are supported by BHP, and we’re pleased to be able to collaborate with each other to encourage healthy eating and activity in the Yandeyarra community.

Learn more about our Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools project at the link below.

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