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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Diabetic chooses healthy life

Date posted: 15 August 2012

It was only two years ago that Rockhampton's Geoff Major was 140 kilograms and facing an early death after being diagnosed as a diabetic.

But rather than giving up, he took the diagnosis as a wake up call and sought help to turn his life around and is now living a healthier life after shedding more than 60 kilograms.

While he had started to make inroads after discovering the nature of his condition, things dramatically changed for Geoff when he joined Bidgerdii Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Health Service's Closing the gap - Rocky way program.

The program treats Indigenous Australians by targeting unhealthy lifestyles and offering support and advice on how they can live a healthier life.

Although it has only been offered for the past seven months, Bidgerii Community Health Service Chief Executive Poy Pensio said it had proven a success for a large number of their clients.

Mr Pensio said one of the reasons it had been so successful was that the program treated families as well as individuals.

'It is important that whole families are given support to change their lifestyle because there is no point in just treating an individual if they live in an environment that encourages those bad habits.' he said.

Source: The Morning Bulletin

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