Lindisfarne year 5 students Mian Tarantini (left) and Matthew McCabe and Titans community development officer Ben Williams get their teeth into the Eat Well Program.
Lindisfarne year 5 students Mian Tarantini (left) and Matthew McCabe and Titans community development officer Ben Williams get their teeth into the Eat Well Program. Crystal Spencer

Titans back healthy living drive

YEAR five students at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School were given a lesson in healthy living by Gold Coast Titans stars Scott Prince and Preston Campbell on Friday.

The duo were taking part in the One Community Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well campaign.

The program is run by the National Rugby League (NRL) as part of the Healthy Lifestyles initiative which aims to reduce childhood obesity by using rugby league stars to encourage children to live healthy lifestyles.

The program is achieving its aim if Matthew McCabe’s response is any guide.

“It was good that they showed you what type of food to eat and it was good to hear from Titans players, I learnt why it’s important to eat well, play well and stay well,” the youngster said.

Classmate Mia Tarantini was another convert, describing the presentation as “cool” and declaring it would help children who didn’t know about healthy eating.

Australian Rugby League development officer Greg Christ said the program was targeted at primary school-aged children.

“Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well uses the high profile of the NRL players to promote healthy eating,” Mr Christ said.

“It’s about setting good habits early in life.”

As part of the campaign Mr Christ and Ben Williams, a member of the Titans’ community development squad, talk to the students about the need to eat a wide variety of good foods, have fun exercising and abouth maintaining good self esteem.

During the discussions the children get to watch a DVD starring their favourite rugby league heroes, including Prince and Campbell, who talk about the importance of healthy living.

“It doesn’t matter whether you play rugby league, follow rugby league or even like rugby league, what the DVD is all about are things that affect us all,” Mr Christ said.

At the end of the presentation, students are presented with Titans and NRL merchandise for active participation and answering questions about eating well, playing well and staying well.

The ARL employs more than 300 community development officers who oversee a series of school rugby league and development programs around the nation.



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