Xstrata keeping kids healthy in Mount Isa

Xstrata has launched a program to provide regular physical activity in local parks and provide parents with healthy eating tips in Mount Isa.

The Xstrata’s Healthy Kids program is an initiative supported by local schools and a Queensland health nutritionist.

The program, which provides activities free of charge, is a way for the company to give back to the local community, according to Xstrata Copper’s North Queensland chief operating officer, Steve de Kruijff.

“It was great to see so many members of the local community come out in support of this fantastic new program,” de Kruijff said.

“Xstrata Healthy Kids is a valuable program not just for kids, but also for parents who want to get involved with their families in fun and non-competitive activities.

“This program will aim to support the ongoing initiatives of the Living with Lead Alliance partnership in Mount Isa.

“Kids Sports will run the program, supported by local primary school teachers qualified and registered in Queensland.

“Kids Sports has rolled-out successful programs across the State and I’m pleased that Mount Isa is the lucky location for the Xstrata Healthy Kids Program,” de Kruijff said.

“The great thing about Xstrata Healthy Kids is parents can get their children involved in a range of physical activities that also build social skills in a safe and supervised environment.

“The Xstrata Healthy Kids program will run for 32 weeks, during the cooler months of the year.”

The three programs offered for families cater for all ages, from toddlers to children old enough to join experienced walk leaders on a set route.

A Queensland Health nutritionist will attend one activity per week, providing advice for parents while the children play.

The program will run from Monday 28 March until Thursday 10 November.

Image: Mount Isa Mines

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