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Village Festival promotes hydration

The purpose of the festival was to get children within the village physically active after school and to promote hydration with the Ministry of Health’s Nutrionist, Karen Tairea on hand to assist.
Just Play Football, Rugby and Cricket joined forces to provide a variety of different activities that the children could participate and just to have a go while rotating around in small sided groups for no more than ten minutes at a time.
Hydration was the health message of the day and water breaks were enforced after every two rotations to ensure the children were kept hydrated.
Pacific Spring partnered with Just Play for the event sponsoring all the water required for the afternoon while also providing Slap Bands for the children with the message Vaima Keeps me Moving.
Ministry of Health enforced the importance of the message and what drink is the best for their bodies and brain (Water) during an extended water break while also showing the children the amount of sugar in other drinks.
“There is a huge opportunity for sporting codes to work together providing development and health through regular physical activity,” says Project Manager, Michelle Paiti.
“The children were all active throughout and wanted more, the parents who attended were very pleased with the event and eager for more events like it”, says Paiti.
Relaying the message of the day during the break was very effective, all children received the message at one time, they were able to sit and hydrate during this time in the shade, out of the extreme heat, while also giving all the facilitators of the activities a well earned breather.
Younger aged children a little shy to take part were kept busy with hula hoop activities on the side lines and a number of these kids actually joined in the activities towards the end.
The village workshop followed in the evening from 6pm – 7pm to get the health messages out to the wider community was set up with visual displays.
Paiti would like to extend a big Meitaki Maata to everyone who contributed to the first village festival, Pacific Spring for sponsoring the water, Cook Islands Cricket, Cook Islands Rugby and the Ministry of Health.
“We look forward to our continued partnership with this event”, says Paiti.
The next event is scheduled next month in the village of Takitumu.

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