Dave Wood finds out the Scallywags are getting serious about childhood health at the Festival of Voices.
Hobart’s favourite children entertainers, The Scallywags, are sharing important health messages through dance, singing and fun at this year’s Festival of Voices.
Scallywags creator and ExitLeft Productions Director, Ian Williams says learning about healthy lifestyles contributes to a children’s sense of wellbeing and builds their confidence in themselves.
The 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey found that about one in four children (23%) were classified as overweight or obese, with many children not eating the recommended amount of five foods set out in the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia.
Scallywag Nat, played by local and 2010 Junior Masterchef, Jack Lark says he knows only too well how easily children can be positively influenced by food through entertainment.
The new show titled The Scallywags Birthday Party, will feature twice during the Festival of Voices, incorporating music, dance, play and lots of child like fun.
The character Jolly Molly has the best day ever planned for her cousins Nic and Nat’s birthday, including a picnic with healthy snacks.
Jack says he takes the role of Nat very seriously and thinks it’s important for him to practice what the three Scallywags preach in the show.
The Scallywags are part of Festival of Voices