Football, food and fitness fights flab

Thursday January 9th 2014

Football, food and fitness fights flab

Forty Mossman Gorge football players completed a 10-week nutrition and fitness program late last year, learning about the benefits of good nutrition and regular exercise and building fitness and self-esteem.

Coordinated by Apunipima Cape York Health Council and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the program promotes and encourages healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and physical activity.

Men from the Kurranji Cassowaries and women from the Lady Dragons participated, and were recognised at a presentation ceremony on Friday, December 13.

Apunipima Healthy Lifestyle Worker (Tobacco) Margaret Ross-Kelly coordinated the program, and said participant’s learned that combining health eating with regular exercise was a recipe for good health.

“With nearly half the men and around two thirds of the women in Mossman Gorge overweight, these footy players are role models – by participating in this program they have demonstrated a commitment to their own health and the health of the community by showing what a combination of healthy food and exercise can achieve," she said.

Snippet image: Care Coordinator Julie Salam and Health Worker (Men’s Health/Chronic Disease) Daniel Fischer.