Sharing the Joy of Moving at the Embassy of Italy in Australia

Sharing the Joy of Moving at the Embassy of Italy in Australia

 Ferrero Australia recently had the opportunity to share its Kinder Joy of Moving program during the Embassy of Italy’s ‘Week of Extraordinary Taste’ celebrations in Canberra.

Derek Lath, Institutional Affairs Director at Ferrero Australia presented a Joy of Moving update to an engaged audience participating in the ‘Wellness all’Italiana’ event which highlighted the importance of a healthy lifestyle as a combination of physical activity and wholesome diet, and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Francesca Tardioli, Italian Ambassador to Australia said of the event, “Physical activity and a well-balanced diet are key elements of ‘Wellness all’Italiana’. With its focus on the new generations, the Joy of Moving program perfectly fits such philosophy of life, representing an outstanding, positive example of the commitment to social responsibility of one of largest and most famous Italian enterprises”.

The global Kinder Joy of Moving program was introduced to Australia in 2017 through a four-year partnership with Deakin University. Ferrero, the makers of Kinder, supports Deakin in an evidence-based research based on the innovative methodology of the Joy of Moving program, created by Dr Caterina Pesce which promotes a fun and non-competitive approach to physical activity by children, developing both cognitive and physical abilities.

Professor Nicole Rinehart, Clinical Psychologist and Director Deakin Child Study Centre spoke about the Deakin Child Study Centre and its focus on transforming the lives of all children to help them reach their full potential.

“The research program is exciting because it is exploring tools that provide teachers with a brief, yet comprehensive, approach to help children experience the physical and mental health benefits that come with being active. We know that mental health and physical health are inextricably linked, developing tools that can involve both activity and emotional wellbeing in the classroom, could have important lifelong implications for young people,” she said.

Now in its third year, more than 3,500 school children and 240 teachers in 24 mainstream Victorian schools have participated in the local research program. Feedback from teachers has noted that the program helps children to maintain focus on classroom activities.

Globally, the Kinder Joy of Moving program has reached over 4.6 million children across 36 countries. For more information: https://www.kinderjoyofmoving.com/int/en/