Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School kids from urban and remote communities in the Top End will learn about healthy lifestyles while getting active through the Hoops 4 Health (H4H) Challenge, supported by a grant from the Live Longer! Campaign.
The Challenge is the main program of the H4H Aboriginal Corporation, which aims to address health issues with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth through basketball.
A total of six H4H Challenges have taken place since 2006, bringing together primary and secondary school kids as well as the broader community.
H4H Director Timmy Duggan said that the event features the H4H All Stars pitted against the local basketball association team.
“Thanks to funding through the Live Longer! Campaign, the next three series will be used to promote the message to Get Active! Eat Good Tucker! Live Longer!,” Timmy said. “We will also be encouraging people to have regular check-ups to help prevent and manage chronic disease.”
At each event, H4H will team up with local medical and community services to provide healthy food and fresh water, information and advice on healthy lifestyles and offer health checks for both participants and spectators.
The new H4H cruiser will visit schools in Darwin, Palmerston and the remote communities around Maningrida to promote the Challenge and to provide information to encourage kids and their families to make healthier lifestyle choices.
“We are also teaming up with Radio Larrakia to develop and broadcast a series of advertisements featuring interviews with players talking about their personal experience with chronic disease issues and promoting the campaign’s key messages,” Timmy said.
To date, more than 10,000 young people have taken part in the program which has been recognised in The Bulletin’s ‘Smart 100’ in the Health and Science Category.
A number of prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities have supported H4H as facilitators of the Challenges including Rohanee Cox, Nathan Jawai, and Anthony Mundine.
The Live Longer! Hoops 4 Health Challenge will take place in the Maningrida communities from 7-10 November and the Darwin event will be held on 12 November 2011.
For more information visit the Hoops 4 Health website.