Manukau Courier : March 4th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Friday, March 4, 2011 Monty takes first step By MELISSA KINEALY Driven to help: Former league star Monty Betham is on a mission to slash youth obesity in south Auckland. Photo: FIONA GOODALL MONTY BETHAM has the fight of his life on his hands and he wants kids to join him. The former league star and professional boxer has launched a foundation to battle obesity in south Auck- land youngsters. He's set up the Monty Betham Steps for Life Foun- dation and he's looking for kids to sign up for the chal- lenge. The foundation's official launch takes place at the Ultimate Family Fun Day event at Manukau's Telstra- Clear Pacific Events Centre later this month. Then the 12-week pro- grammes swing into action in April. Betham says he wants to make a difference to south Auckland's high rates of obes- ity. I was on my way to child- hood obesity -- look at what I might have missed out on,'' Betham says. Being overweight puts kids on the backfoot and they can't fulfil their potential. We can give them the steps for life that they need.'' The programmes focus on four main areas -- nutrition, physical activity, psychologi- cal issues and family engage- ment. And Betham's also keen to get parents and caregivers involved in what he promises will be an holistic approach to reducing obesity. My dad taught me a healthy body is a healthy mind,'' he says. It's all about fitness and applying yourself. That's what I'm trying to drive home for these kids -- ability comes third.'' And he wants youngsters to know that they aren't alone in the battle. I will be there to support you,'' he says to those think- ing about getting involved. It's also a chance to make great friends.'' Workshops will run out of Papatoetoe's Allan Brewster Centre three times a week. The foundation's now look- ing for 40 kids to take part. Workshops will include zumba and boxing and others with nutritionist Claire Turnbull and sports stars like David Tua who will come along and get involved. To apply for the pro- gramme kids must be: In years 9-13 Live in south Auckland Overweight based on age and height They must attend pro- gramme sessions and com- plete required activities Family must be available to participate as required. Phone 634-3593 or go to www.stepsforlife.co.nz. FUN, GAMES, MUSIC AND DANCE FOR THE FAMILY Monty Betham Steps for Life is hosting the Ultimate Family Day Out in Manukau on March 20. It promises to be fun for the whole family with entertainment, bouncy castles, police dog demonstrations, food and more. In the Fullforce Challenge teams can take on a police confidence course -- it's not too late to register for the challenge if you're keen to take part. Monty will be there on the day, there'll be a kids' entertainment area and you can get a family photo for just $20. The day runs from 10am to 6pm at TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau and entry is free. Later into the day is the Steps on Stage Concert, which features perform- ances by J Williams and Vince Harder and a dance- off by some of Auckland's best crews in Battle of the Crews. Tickets cost $20 and the concert starts at 4pm. Go to www.stepsforlife. co.nz for information and tickets. Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to view a video of Monty Betham talking about the new programme.
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