Souths Cares’ two Indigenous mentors recently visited the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern to talk to local youth about the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Former State of Origin Fullback, Rhys Wesser, and NSW Indigenous Rugby League representative, Kiara Maza, spent the morning educating the local young people on better ways to Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well.

“The Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well program – from the NRL’s One Community team – is very engaging and encourages younger school-aged students to create healthy lifestyles for themselves,” said Rhys.

“The program also empowers the students with information that will assist them in making positive health and life choices.”

Approximately sixty local students between the ages of four and 13 years, attended the school holiday session spruiking the positive message.

“All of the young people were interested in learning how to better look after their bodies and were keen to exchange information and their own ideas,” Rhys said.

“They knew the difference between healthy foods and ‘sometimes’ foods and the benefits of leading an active lifestyle over a sedentary one.”

To reinforce the lessons learned in the classroom, Souths Cares ran a series of outdoor activities for the students on the day.

“All of the children got involved in the games we played with them,” said Kiara.

“These included softball, bull-rush and relay racing – it was a lot of fun. We ensured that the activities we conducted were ones that every child would feel comfortable joining in on.

“Games are important for a number of reason, obviously to keep fit, but also to help develop self-esteem and confidence, improve posture and concentration, build strong bones and muscles, to improve balance and develop flexibility.

“Exercise and playing games also provide us all with the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and enhance social skills,” Kiara concluded.