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Village Festival to promote Physical Activity in Nikao

Just Play Football will be teaming up again with Cook Islands Rugby, Cook Islands Netball, Little Athletics and Cook Islands Cricket to provide an afternoon of fun games and keeping active for boys and girls 6-12 years of age from in and around Nikao.
“We would like to see the youngsters from Nikao and nearby villages to participate in this Village Festival for this month,” says Michelle Paiti, Just Play Football Project Manager.
“Last month’s event was a huge success and I along with the other sporting codes would like to see more of our children come along and enjoy an afternoon of being active,” she says.
The Village Festivals is a Just Play Football Community Initiative which provides all boys and girls between 6 and 13 years the opportunity to be physically active after school in their community through a variety of different sporting activities while receiving important health message to improve their lifestyles.
“Physical Activity” is this month’s health message. The World Health Organization recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day for adults and 60 minutes per day for children.
“Keeping our children active and healthy is one thing however these messages also need to be encouraged through to our parents.”
The Lifestyle Expo is set to take place at the Nikao Clinic from 6-7pm for our parents and the wider community to become better informed about health choices and physical acitivity.
This program instigated by Just Play Football Project Manager, Michelle Paiti with the assistance of the Ministry of Health’s Karen Tairea in March following the promotion of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Awareness Program to keep Cook Islanders Active and eating Healthy.
Three Village Festivals have taken place around Rarotonga since it first kicked off in March with the village of Tupapa Maraerenga launching the festivities followed by Matavera and Rutaki.
The youngsters within and around Nikao are encouraged to gather at the Nikao field for a mixed variety of fun and games.
Paiti would like to acknowledge the other sports codes, Rugby, Cricket, Little Athletics, Netball for partnering up to deliver this monthly event with health awareness and better lifestyles for our youngsters.
Michelle acknowledges the continued support of the Government of Australia – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

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