Jett, 4, finds an Easter egg hidden among the greenery at the Maryborough World of Learning easter egg hunt.
Jett, 4, finds an Easter egg hidden among the greenery at the Maryborough World of Learning easter egg hunt. Robyne Cuerel

Time to break with tradition and get healthy this Easter

WITH the Wide Bay's track record of unhealthy living, families are being called on to say no to too much chocolate and a long weekend spent on the couch this Easter.

Cancer Council Queensland and the State Government are both calling on people to get active during the nationwide holiday starting on Friday.

Kids at Maryborough World of Learning childcare centre took the chance to be active and still enjoy the treat-laden holiday yesterday with an annual Easter Egg Hunt.

MWL kindergarten teacher Sam Rahe said parents at home could use Easter egg hunts to get kids exercising throughout the holiday.

"You can do any kind of (Easter egg) hunt, even with older school-aged kids," she said.

She said encouraging kids to eat 'rabbit food', just like the Easter bunny, would be a fun snack.

"They really do respond to that," she said.

Parents can also use a newly-released State Government smartphone app to help plan fun ways to exercise for youngsters.

The Daily Physical Activity Guide app can be downloaded through the Apple iPhone app store.

It could come in handy on the Fraser Coast with research showing neither kids or adults in the Wide Bay get enough exercise or enough fresh food.

Obesity rates in 2011-12 showed 64% of adults in Wide Bay were overweight or obese.

A total 29% of those were obese.

Research released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show just over one in 10 of us are also deficient in Vitamin D during Autumn.

That's not an excuse to skip the sunscreen when heading outdoors, but suggests people spend a little more time playing outside than inside.

Healthy living tips

  • Chocolate isn't the only gift option for children during Easter. Get creative and give out colouring-in books or toys such as soccer balls or cricket sets to enjoy during the school holidays
  • Even though you're on holidays, it's not an excuse to spend four days overeating. Stick to the recommended portion size and eat treats in moderation
  • Grilling fish or chicken on the barbecue is a healthy option for Easter socialising


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