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Beat it program changing bad health habits for Hopevale residents

Date posted: 9 September 2013

Eighteen Hopevale residents graduated from the 12 week Beat it program late last month.

Run by Apunipima Cape York Health Council Health Promotion Program Officer Priscilla Gibson, the Beat it program is an innovative, tailored physical activity and lifestyle program, designed to assist those at risk of, or living with, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

The Beat it team includes qualified trainers, doctors, diabetes educators and a dietitian.

'Changing old habits for new, better, healthier ones is the key to long term success and well-being. The course is focused on key points like improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, better flexibility and balance as well as strengthening social skills and self-motivation which are integral to success. I want the participant to see this program as a stepping stone towards a healthier, fitter and happier future,' said Ms Gibson.

One participant has successfully managed her diabetes with the assistance of the program, stating, 'My sugar levels were up in the twenties and I always felt lethargic. Since attending Beat it I am walking and gardening and have lots of energy; my blood sugar levels are now within the normal range of 4-6 and I am off the insulin. I just feel so good. I recommend this program.'

People interested in participating in the Beat it program should refer to the contact details below.

Source: Apunipima Cape York Health Council

The Beat it program graduation ceremony

Photo: Beat it graduation, Apunipima Cape York Health Council Aboriginal Corporation


Apunipima Cape York Health Council Aboriginal Corporation
186 McCoombe Street
Bungalow Cairns QLD 487
PO Box 12045
Cairns DC QLD 4870
Ph: (07) 4037 7256


Last updated: 9 September 2013
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