Families got active in the Make Healthy Normal Zone at this year’s Kidtopia Festival at Parramatta Park, which was held on Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October.
Make Healthy Normal is about making activity and food changes that can make a big difference to your health.
The Make Healthy Normal Zone was abuzz with fun outdoor activities, including a giant inflatable slide, totem tennis, soccer and hula-hooping, visits from some of our favourite sports people from football, netball and AFL, as well as experts on hand to offer advice on healthy eating.
Caitlin Cooper, Matildas and Sydney FC player, was in the Make Healthy Normal Zone, and encouraged families to come along and have some active fun.
“My love of football and sport definitely started as a young kid kicking a football around the backyard with my mum, dad, brother and two sisters. Come down the Make Healthy Normal Zone to get involved in some fun and easy physical activities that you can also do at home, and get some tips for healthy snacks and drinks.”
Western Sydney Local Health District’s Deputy Director Centre for Population Health, Christine Newman said the Make Healthy Normal Zone aimed to encourage kids and adults to get active in fun and easy ways, with guidance on how to choose healthy food along the way.
“With more than half of the adults in NSW being overweight or obese, we are living in an environment where not eating enough fruit and vegies, too many sugary drinks or not being very active, is having a massive impact on our collective health and quality of life.”
Ms Newman said Make Healthy Normal was about raising awareness by challenging our current perception of what’s normal and offering solution-focussed steps on how to make small changes which can make a big difference to our overall health.
“Little by little, one step goes far. Gradually increasing the number of healthy choices we make each day can lead to significantly better health outcomes,” she said.
More info: www.makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au