Fuel the dancer
Sprung!! Healthy Living Program gives young people living with disability ideas for being healthy and active.
Sprung!! dancers know that it isn’t always easy for young people with disability to be healthy. But as passionate dancers who rely on their bodies to dance, they see the benefits of being healthy. They use their own experiences and struggles to speak honestly about trying to live a healthy life.
Here’s what the dancers have to say:
“When I dance, I feel happy.”
“I know eating well means my body feels good.”
“When I eat well, I lose weight and feel fit.”
“Dancing as exercise is good for strength and fitness.”
“I like to express myself through dance because it gives me a way to tell stories about me.”
“Eating well is easy when I understand how to make good choices in the food I like to eat and know I can eat junk food sometimes.”
Using their love of dance and what they have learned about eating well, they have put together this program to inspire others.
In total, there are three parts to the program.
1. DANCE VIDEOS
The dancers have developed two easy-to-follow dance routines to get you active!
The first dance sees the dancers bring their own style of dance to basic Zumba moves to show you dance is all about moving your body and expressing yourself.
The second dance connects with the dancers more personally, as Sprung!! dances are famous for doing!
2. FUEL THE DANCER COOKBOOK
This book introduces you to the dancers, the importance of healthy eating, ways to make great choices and recipes to inspire you to eat well.
In late 2020, we will be hitting the road, visiting high schools in the region to talk to others abut healthy living through dance and good food. This interactive Roadshow includes dance and cooking demonstrations.
This program has been produced in partnership with Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre Inc. and funded by NSW Health.
Griffith University Nutrition and Dietetics Students, Eleni Georgiou and Sharla Marks joined the program under Kate’s supervision to develop the cookbook and nutrition resources. Narelle Greenlees oversaw their student placement within the program.