Dragons 2013 Health Ambassadors Jason Nightingale, Brett Morris and Trent Merrin, as well as all of the Dragons squad understand the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle so that they can be the best they can be on the field!
Dragons Community shares this message with kids in our nursery through programs including the Heart Foundation, Dragons 40:20 Program, Tackle Bullying, Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well - Healthy Lifestyle Assemblies, the Premiers Sporting Challenge and visits to our local hospitals.
An exciting new community partnership begins this year with the Heart Foundation.
In partnership we will carry positive healthy messages, specifically building awareness about the risk of heart disease and helping Australians to have environments that support healthy choices and promote heart health.
In schools we will support the very popular program ‘Jump Rope for Hearts’.
We will also support in building awareness around ‘Heart Week’ (May) and ‘Go Red for Women’ month (June) using our website, social media.
Dragons 40:20 Program
The Dragons' 40:20 Program is a combination of Dragons Active and ‘Dragons in the Classroom’ incorporating 40 minutes outdoors followed by a 20-30 minute classroom session, with lesson content including Nutrition, Hydration, Environment and Dragons Values, among others.
Dragons Active: Dragons Community in partnership with the National Rugby League delivers healthy lifestyle skills programs to our primary schools.
The Dragons in association with the NRL deliver a very powerful program through the interactive assembly approach about the impact of bullying.
The ‘Tackle Bullying’ DVD aims to empower students to stand up for themselves and others who are being bullied.
A resource kit will soon be available to teachers which will include information on:
• How to identify what bullying is and when someone is being bullied.
• Who to talk to if they are being bullied.
• How to prevent further incidences of bullying
Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well, Healthy Lifestyle Assemblies
The Dragons, in association with the NRL One Community’s EWPWSW program, deliver the important message of living a healthy, active lifestyle by conducting interactive assemblies engaging the kids in a fun, meaningful approach.
Premiers Sporting Challenge
The Dragons support and assist with the implementation and delivery of the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge which aims to engage public Primary School students in sport and physical activity and encourage the students to lead a healthy balanced lifestyle.
In 2013, Jason Nightingale will again be the program Ambassador.
Wollongong and St. George Hospital Schools
The Dragons make regular visits to both the Wollongong on St George Hospitals and engage with these kids to help with both their learning and their recovery.
We make individual bedside visits and work in collaboration with the DET and classroom teacher in the school room, delivering programs for students K-12.