Calling all Western Australian hockey clubs and associations…

Hockey WA and Healthway have launched an exciting new initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of all players, club and association members and supporters.

The new Hockey for Health Club program encourages participants to establish and promote a Club Health Policy, including a smoke free environment. To participate, clubs must identify priority health issues affecting their club or association and address these by developing and implementing a program to increase healthy behaviour.

Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hockey WA to create healthy places for everyone within the hockey community in WA.

“The Smarter than Smoking message encourages young people to remain non-smokers and to make healthy lifestyle choices.

“The Hockey for Health club program will support hockey fans of all ages to make healthy choices by creating smoke free environments and identifying more opportunities within their clubs to help members and visitors to be healthy.

“We congratulate Hockey WA for taking this big step forward for the health of the hockey community.”

Phil Nillsen, President of Hockey WA, said: “Hockey WA is firmly committed to improving the health and wellbeing of its members and supporters and is therefore delighted to be teaming up with Healthway to launch this worthwhile initiative.

“As a result, I’d urge all of our clubs and associations to get involved in the Smarter Than Smoking Hockey For Health Club Program and help shape the future the future of our sport throughout the State and leave a positive and healthy legacy for generations to come.”

For more info, visit http://www.hockeywa.org.au/Comps-Events/Smarter-Than-Smoking-Hockey-For-Health-Program

Smarter than Smoking and the health benefits of being a non-smoker support the Hockey for Health Club program. Picture by Shane Paull