Healthy and active family program goes online

Photo courtesy Go4Fun program.

Western Sydney families and school-aged children can become more active and fit from the comfort of their own home with Go4Fun Online.

The free online program offers regular emails, phone coaching with a health professional and text messages over a ten-week period. The regular Go4Fun face-to-face programs are on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The free healthy lifestyle program educates parents and their children about healthier food options and the importance of regular physical activity.

The Al-Naeb family from Merrylands have completed the online program and are encouraging other families to sign-up.

Mother Rana Al-Sammarraie said the online program was convenient, easy and the family received weekly coaching and updates.

“Each week our Go4Fun Online coach Jessie would contact us, which was helpful. If we had family commitments she would work around us and reschedule our chat for another time,” said Rana.

“English is a second language for me and this wasn’t an issue online or when speaking with Jessie.”​

Eleven-year old Yussif feels more confident in making healthier lifestyle changes and has incorporated using a fitness tracker daily for his 10,000 steps.

“I now drink lots of water and eat less processed foods,” Yussif said.

“I love being creative and making things out of stuff I find around the house. I made an indoor basketball hoop out of cardboard boxes which is so much fun to use.”

Photo courtesy Go4Fun program.

Western Sydney Local Health District’s Centre for Population Health deputy director Christine Newman said more than 13,000 families have participated in the program since its launch in 2011.

“Research has shown that the whole-family approach to making healthy lifestyle changes is more effective in the long term,” Christine said.

“The Go4Fun Online program focuses on health, eating well, and how to build a healthy lifestyle and runs each school term.”

Sign-up before Friday, 5 February, 2021 to secure your spot in the Go4Fun Online Term 1 program as places are limited. To book or for more information, call Go4Fun on 1800 780 900 or visit   

Photo courtesy Go4Fun program.