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NSW Health, NSWRL fighting obesity

Date posted: 23 June 2015

Assistant Minister for Health, Pru Goward, and the New South Wales (NSW) Rugby League last night announced the winners of the first round of the statewide Knockout health challenge, which is tackling obesity in Aboriginal communities in New South Wales (NSW).

NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley and NSW Rugby League CEO, David Trodden, teamed up with Minister Goward at Rugby League central to congratulate the winners of the George Rose challenge:

Mr Daley applauded all 33 teams that participated in this year’s George Rose Challenge for making a commitment to themselves, and their teams, to lose weight and improve their health.

'The winning teams did a great job of meeting their exercise program targets and milestones to achieve their goal of an average weight loss of three per cent,' Mr Daley said.

'This is a team effort that not only results in better health for each participant but raises community awareness of the benefits of physical exercise and nutrition to combat obesity and life threatening diseases. Just like rugby league this is about striving to do your best and achieve results that benefit your whole team and your community,' he said.

Minister Goward said, 'The winners of the first stage of the 2015 Knockout challenge – the George Rose challenge – have shown that through commitment and a team approach it is possible to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The annual Knockout challenge is a joint initiative of NSW Health and NSW Rugby League, which invites Aboriginal communities to participate in a fun and effective program to lose weight. The Kyle Saunders challenge is also open to teams to design a three minute workout video that demonstrates teamwork, strength, stamina and rugby league skills.

Source: NSW Rugby League

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Last updated: 23 June 2015
 
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