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Aboriginal communities from across New South Wales (NSW) will again team up with NSW Rugby League as part of the Knockout Challenge designed to encourage Aboriginal people to lose weight and embrace a healthier lifestyle.
At the recent launch in Sydney, NSW's Minister for Healthy Lifestyles Kevin Humphries said by encouraging contestants to increase their exercise level and develop healthy eating habits they will not only lose weight but reduce their risk of contracting a range of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello said the key to the success of the NSW Knockout was that it offered Aboriginal people the opportunity to be part of a community challenge.
This unique event sees up to 22 teams of up to 30 members go head to head to see who can lose the most combined weight over a 16 week period. Aboriginal Rugby League stars such as Greg Inglis, George Rose, Joel Thompson and Brad Tighe will act as mentors to the team members. Teams competing in 2012 lost a combined 1100 kilograms while learning the skills to help keep the weight off in the long-term.
Source: New South Wales Rugby League