St George Illawarra Dragons duo Dan Hunt and Jake Marketo treated students to a healthy super clinic at Wollongong West Public School on Friday.
The Dragons pair, alongside Dragons Community staff, held the initiative in recognition of the school’s fundraising efforts through the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program.
Dragon’s Health Ambassador Dan Hunt admitted he had been looking forward to treating the kids to all the fun and frivolity that’s had during one of their super clinic sessions, which helps raise awareness of healthy lifestyles.
“We managed to put the students through their paces but at the same time showed them that exercise and being healthy can also be fun,” said Hunt.
“With more than 200 kids participating it was always certain to be an action packed and noisy morning."
The Dragons have been supporting the work of the Heart Foundation for a number of years now helping to raise awareness and funds to beat Australia’s single leading cause of death – heart disease.
Kerry Doyle, Heart Foundation Chief Executive NSW said heart disease is a major health issue in our country and anything that we can be doing to raise the awareness is a good thing.
“Most people don’t realise it, but heart disease is the number one cause of death in Australia, taking the life of one person every 26 minutes," said Doyle.
“These are the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents of our Jump Rope for Heart participants.
“By working in partnership with the Dragons however we are teaching students like those at Wollongong West PS how to live a long and healthy life by educating them about what they can do to look after their hearts."