Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

The Go4Fun program is free for NSW families with children:
• Aged 7 – 13 years
• Above a healthy weight
• A parent or carer available to attend each session

How can I refer a patient?

Health professionals can refer eligible families using the Go4Fun referral form.

Forms can be faxed to 1300 325 301 or emailed to go4fun@betterhealthcompany.org

Go4Fun health professional referral form

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

No, not if your child is healthy. Families can self-refer via online registration, a toll-free phone call (1800 780 900) or SMS for a call back (0409 745 645). Referrals are also accepted from health professionals, organisations, friends and family members.

 

 

What if my child has other medical conditions?

If your child has any medical conditions that may affect their ability to participate in the program you need to seek guidance from your child’s GP. You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire at the start of the program to inform the program leaders of any existing medical conditions of your child.

What is the cost?

The program is free for eligible NSW families to participate. It is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health under the NSW Healthy Children Initiative.

What about siblings?

It is generally discouraged to bring siblings to Go4Fun programs, however, it is at the discretion of the local Go4Fun team. Please discuss this with the team when they contact you. This is usually dependent on the size of the group and venue.

What happens when I register for the program?

You will receive a phone call from the Go4Fun centralised referral service to confirm your registration and provide you with the details of programs in your area. If you are eligible and choose to proceed, you will be booked into a program that is convenient to you. Your registration will then be provided to the local Go4Fun team who will contact you and provide you with the local information.

Where do programs run?

Go4Fun programs run at various locations across NSW. The locations and suburbs are determined by local program staff and are based on availability and demand. If there doesn’t appear to be a program in your local area, you should still apply and this will be provided to the local Go4Fun team. If there’s enough interest a program may be organised for your local area. Typical venues include school halls, council facilities, community halls and recreation facilities. Generally, all sessions are run at the same venue (except the supermarket tour).

What happens at Go4Fun?

The Go4Fun program runs for 10 weeks within the school term. It’s delivered once a week, for two hours, after school and includes:
• Nutrition and healthy eating (first hour): interactive discussions and activities about nutrition and healthy choices – how to read food labels, portion sizes, self-esteem and other topics.
• Physical activities and games (second hour): Fun game based activities designed to get the children interested in being physically active. Some programs involve pool based exercises and games too.
• For the second hour, while the children exercise, the parents/carers have a group based discussion with the theory leader and other parents/carers to cover topics that are relevant to parents/carers.

Is Go4Fun a diet?

Go4Fun is not a diet, it’s a fun program that encourages children and their families to become fitter, healthier and happier.

What is ‘above a healthy weight’?

Above a healthy weight is a body mass index (BMI) above that recommended for a child of a specific age, height and sex.
BMI is an approximate measure of the best weight for health.
Children who may be above a healthy weight for their height and age include those who:
• Wear clothes sizes for an older age group;
• Spend more than two hours watching TV or on the computer etc per day;
• Are physically active for less than one hour per day;
• Eat unbalanced meals, large portion sizes or more than one unhealthy snack per day.
To determine if your child is within the healthy weight range or above a healthy weight, enter your child’s age, sex, height and weight into the BMI calculator or call 1800 780 900.

Does the program work?

Independent clinical studies show that the Go4Fun program has helped children who are above a healthy weight to reach a healthier weight, increase the time they spend being active, improve their fitness and raise their self-esteem. The program has been fully adapted to meet all current Australian guidelines and meets NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) recommendations for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Children.

What are the benefits of the program?

• Improved self-esteem and confidence
• Improved sporting skills and fitness
• Improved team work and communication
• Improved diet enhances concentration and mood / behaviour
• A healthier child
• BMI and waist circumference decreases

What happens after Go4Fun?

Families are given access to The Active 8 website and are sent a quarterly newsletter for 12 months following completion of the program. These offer support and encourage families to maintain their new healthy changes, and inspire ongoing healthy choices. During the program families are provided information on community clubs and programs available in their local area.