Health promotion team kick goals with healthy choices

A teenage boy holding a football stands with a woman, a young girl and a man.
East Fremantle Junior Football Club player s Benjamin Scopinich and Amity Gabriels, with SMHS Health Promotion Officer Angela Gabriels and EFJFC Junior Vice President Matt Marinovich.
August 7, 2019

Players and spectators will soon be able to enjoy healthier food and drinks at East Fremantle Junior Football Club (EFJFC) thanks to a $4,000 grant from Healthway.

With support from South Metropolitan Health Service Health Promotion and the Town of East Fremantle, EFJFC will complete the Fuel to Go & Play Community venues online training and work with the WA School Canteen Association Inc. (WASCA) to develop a nutritious and exciting menu. 

EFJFC Junior Vice President Matt Marinovich said the club will create a menu with at least 40 per cent green and less than 30 per cent red items to provide their community nutritious options.

“We are very excited to have received this opportunity to provide our players, members and spectators with a healthy food environment,” Matt said.

EFJFC aims to be one the first sporting clubs in the Town of East Fremantle to increase the availability and promotion of green food and drinks by adding sandwich options and replacing red and amber drinks with water and green alternatives.

Leading the project is SMHS Health Promotion Officer Angela Gabriels who is thrilled the healthy changes will be implemented soon due to alarming rates of obesity in the state. 

 “Obesity has overtaken tobacco as the leading cause of premature death and illness in WA, it has never been more important to provide kids with nutritious and healthy options that inspire them to continue making healthy choices into adulthood,” Angela said. 

Fuel to Go & Play aims to create healthier food environments in community venues by using a ‘traffic light system’ of rating food and drinks as green, amber or red, based on their nutritional value.

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