Club chal­lenges com­mu­nity to beat the bulge

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Tyne Lo­gan

The Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der com­mu­nity is be­ing en­cour­aged to beat the bulge and take part in a city-wide Big­gest Loser chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge is be­ing hosted by lo­cal health group, In­spired Life, in a bid to tackle the re­gion’s high obe­sity rate.

In­spired Life gen­eral man­ager Wil­low Shanks said with an obe­sity rate of about 70 per cent, over­weight in­di­vid­u­als were at higher risk of de­vel­op­ing chronic dis­eases.

“This chal­lenge will take on this prob­lem by pro­vid­ing a pro­gram that ad­dresses healthy eat­ing habits, in­cor­po­rat­ing reg­u­lar ex­er­cise into your day and pro­vides mo­ti­va­tion, sup­port and education for par­tic­i­pants,” she said.

Mrs Shanks said each par­tic­i­pant would get their own per­sonal coach to sup­port them through­out the chal­lenge.

She said train­ing and meal plans would be pro­vided, along­side other coach­ing tips.

The fit­ness club has been run­ning weight-loss chal­lenges for the past decade and Mrs Shanks said all had proved to be a suc­cess.

“Over the years we have seen par­tic­i­pants lose tonnes of weight, greatly im­prove their fit­ness lev­els and cre­ate healthy habits for life,” she said. This year is ex­pected to be the big­gest chal­lenge yet, with more than 100 peo­ple al­ready signed up.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Na­tional Health Per­for­mance Au­thor­ity, in 2013 the Gold­fields-Mid West had one of the high­est per­cent­ages of over­weight or obese adults in the coun­try.

The chal­lenge be­gins Fe­bru­ary 22 and runs for six weeks. To reg­is­ter, phone 9091 3392.

Shane Hayes, Wil­low Shanks, Ber­nice McNa­mara, Donna-lee Pasli, Ge­or­gia Lan­der, Tony Ball and Jack Nowlan have is­sued the chal­lenge.

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