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Grant Nelson has a message from the heart

Date posted: 6 November 2017

Eight years ago, a Noongar man named Grant Nelson was showing signs of early or pre-diabetes. He made a personal commitment not to become another heart disease statistic. Mr Nelson gave up sugary soft drinks and fast food burgers and began walking and cycling. Mr Nelson, now 18kg lighter, is an ambassador for the Western Australian (WA) Heart Foundation’s, No Junk November.

This comes as a recent study by the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research titled ‘The Heart of Inequality’, reported that cardiovascular and heart disease were responsible for one fifth of all deaths in Australia, with Indigenous Australians in remote communities the hardest hit.

Mr Nelson said he took the path to better health one step at a time. That he was carrying a bottle of soft drink when he first walked into a heart health program in 2009, but it was the first thing to go when he realised it was the equivalent of putting 12 spoonfuls of sugar in his coffee.

Mr Nelson’s advice for others wanting to lose weight and shape up is simple: 'Just give up Coke and burgers and do some exercises,' he said.

Heart Health Nurse, Ted Dowling, said people wanting to look after their hearts and lose weight can ask for advice from their local Aboriginal medical service. He said cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of disease in Aboriginal Australia. People can get useful exercise advice from an exercise physiologist.

Source: National Indigenous Times


Last updated: 6 November 2017
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