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Active lifestyle program encouraging participation from Cape York community

Date posted: 14 April 2015

People in Cape York, Queensland, with or at risk of chronic disease, are being encouraged to take part in an active lifestyle program aimed at helping beat the onset of disease.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council, along with Hopevale Aboriginal Shire Council and the PCYC, run Beat it, a lifestyle modification program developed by the Australian Diabetes Council. Beat it is a 12 week physical activity program that aims to increase knowledge on healthy eating and the importance of staying active to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

The program will soon be implemented in the communities of Laura and Wujal Wujal.

Health Promotion Program Officer, Priscilla Gibson, runs the program at Hopevale and welcomes Laura and Wujal Wujal on board. 'We want to support people to better self-manage their health,' she said. 'Changing old habits for new, better, healthier ones is the key to long term success and well being. Eating a balanced, healthy diet combined with exercise is the key to preventing chronic disease.'

Hopevale resident Karen Gordon has been able to successfully manage her type 2 diabetes with exercise, healthy eating and attending the program in Hopevale when it first started. 'My blood sugar levels were up in the twenties; I always felt lethargic and had no energy at all,' she said. 'Since attending the Beat it classes I am walking and gardening and have lots of energy. My levels are now four to five and I am off my insulin and feel so good. I recommend this program to anyone.'

Source: Apunipima Cape York Health Council

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Last updated: 14 April 2015
 
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