Initially established in August 2011 the COPAL program was coordinated through the City of Palmerston and worked with the community to create all kinds of ways to enjoy healthy eating and to have fun being active.
COPAL supported Palmerston children, through their families and communities, to be healthy now, and stay healthy for life. The program worked with children’s biggest influences – family, friends and peers across the places where children live, learn and play. COPAL worked closely with local organisations to support ideas, information, activities and changes within the community that would make healthy choices easier for families.
Every twelve months, a new theme around healthy eating or physical activity would be provided to help families make healthy choices in your life. This might be a message about taking opportunities to walk, scoot or ride to school, the park or the shops or a message about how tasty, quick and easy a healthy brekky can be. Click here to view past COPAL themes and resources.
Whilst the COPAL program concluded in 2016, the City of Palmerston continues to support the community in a variety of other areas identified to help make healthy choices easier.
Imagination Playground - is a series of larger-than-life, light-weight building blocks which kids can use to construct, create and invent. The set is available to loan to Palmerston based community organisations, schools and child care centres. The entire set packs easily into the supplied trailer. Click here for more details.
Smoothie Bike Blender - Want a fun, fresh and healthy fundraising idea? Want something new and interesting to add to your next event? The City of Palmerston’s smoothie bike blender is an amazing way to bring people together and is FREE to borrow for organisations. Click here for more details.
Geocaching - is a great reason to get outside and do some exploring. You can think of geocaching as a modern day treasure hunt where your job is to find a geocache, secretly hidden by another player using a GPS to guide you to the geocache’s location using coordinates that you obtain form a geocaching website. Click here for more details.