Preschoolers learn great health habits

CHILDREN as young as three are fighting their way to healthy lifestyles.

Martial Arts Spirit has teamed up with Young Achievers preschool in Casula for a health program called Mini Rangers.

The program teaches children martial arts and highlights the importance of maintaining fit and healthy lifestyles.

Once a week an instructor from Martial Arts Spirit teaches a class with children at the centre.

Martial Arts Spirit director Terrence Fernandez said the program was a good way to tackle the fight against obesity and bullying.

"The program targets fitness and health at a young age and instils the values of health and discipline into children for the rest of their childhood," he said.

"Kids learn about hand-eye co-ordination, discipline, boosts confidence and self-esteem.

"They [kids] take great pride in the program, they see it as something they have achieved and it gives them confidence for primary school."

Preschool director Kathy Memovic said the program provided many benefits for children.

"The kids are so engaged in this program," she said.

"You see them [kids] develop their gross motor skills, confidence, respect, it teaches them discipline and self-control.

"It's about getting the kids fit and preventing childhood obesity from a young age.

"Parents are thrilled that their kids can do sports and activities at a preschool."

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