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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Sporting heroes play major role in Indigenous health project

Date posted: 12 May 2014

A number of Indigenous sporting heroes are assisting NSW Rugby League and NSW Health in a program engaging Aboriginal communities to target priorities of nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.

George Rose, Kyle Saunders, Julie Young and Ronnie Gibbs have lent their names to stages of the program in a variety of challenges. The Coffs Coast team "2fit2deadly" is about to tackle the Julie Young Challenge over 10 weeks under the guidance of personal trainer Anthony Donovan and his kinsman, rugby league icon Matt Donovan.

'The challenge is to help motivate our people to manage the risk factors that contribute to the development of chronic disease, such as diabetes type 2, heart disease, hypertension and obesity,' Mr Donovan said. 'It has also created opportunities for the local Aboriginal community to get out and become more active, eat healthier food and monitor their health more regularly.'

Source: The Daily Examiner


Last updated: 12 May 2014
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