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NT and regional WA wise up to weight loss

Date posted: 24 January 2012

Nutritionists in the Northern Territory and regional Western Australia are amongst those urging locals to take up the 'one change at a time' challenge, the theme for 2012's Australia Healthy Weight Week. The public health challenge kicked off nationally on Monday.

'One change at a time means taking manageable steps to reach a healthy weight and improve your overall health and wellbeing,' Northern Territory public health nutritionist, Kate Robertson said.

WA Country Health Service dietitian, Tessa Pearse, said this year's challenge will target young Aussie women because rates of weight gain in this group are higher than amongst other Australians. This can affect fertility and long-term health.

She said the latest statistics show one in five 18-24 year old women are overweight and 15 per cent are obese.

'We're encouraging Merredin residents (in WA's wheatbelt) to mark the new year by taking part in the... campaign, where they'll have the chance to win a free visit to an Accredited Practising Dietitian,' said Ms Pearse.

In the Northern Territory, locals are being offered plenty of ways to get involved.

'Our team will be at Casuarina Shopping Centre on Wednesday where a Positive pledge to Healthy Weight Week can be made on the campaign website. There will also be prizes on offer and an inspirational presentation from one of last year's success stories,' Kate Robertson said.

'We're also offering Body Mass Index measurements at Katherine Oasis Shopping Centre on the same day.'

The Australia Healthy Weight Week website has resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as a calendar of local Healthy Weight Week events. The Dietitians Association of Australia's Indigenous Interest Group will develop further resources for Healthy Weight Week in 2013.


If you are in the Eastern Wheatbelt in Western Australia, contact:

Tessa Pearse
(08) 9041 0444

If you are in Darwin, Katherine or Alice Springs, contact:

Kate Robertson
(08) 8973 8946


Last updated: 25 January 2012
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