Footy club pro­motes health

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Robert Dougherty

Wir­raka Maya has formed a part­ner­ship with South Hed­land Swans to pro­mote healthy liv­ing.

The Health Ser­vice Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion and the footy team signed an agree­ment last Fri­day al­low­ing health ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the club’s home games, as well as pro­mot­ing im­mu­ni­sa­tions and checks.

WMHSAC chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Stephen Mag­wenzi said the meet­ing of the minds would prompt a new health pro­mo­tion, Be At Your Best.

“The part­ner­ship is about us­ing sport as an en­cour­age­ment to get our com­mu­nity to be more con­scious about their health,” he said.

“We aim that our com­mu­nity live their best and to be at their best — look­ing af­ter your spirit, your mind and your body, we be­lieve in holis­tic pri­mary health care.

“SHSFC are well re­spected and sup­ported in the com­mu­nity; part­ner­ing with them en­ables us to show­case our health pro­mo­tion and pre­ven­ta­tive mes­sages to the com­mu­nity.”

Swans mer­chan­dise co-or­di­na­tor Trevor Dhu said play­ers would also fea­ture in health pro­mo­tion videos for so­cial me­dia.

“Swans and Wir­raka Maya, two big or­gan­i­sa­tions in our com­mu­nity and both pro­mot­ing good health for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Foot­ball is a healthy out­let, peo­ple can get fit and have a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment with the mate­ship in­volved — any­thing to do with health is im­por­tant and you have to look af­ter your­self. We are pro­mot­ing healthy mind­set, keep­ing bod­ies fit, eat­ing right and to choos­ing right from wrong through mind, body, spirit and com­mu­nity.”

Port Hed­land Rovers Foot­ball Club will also be ac­tive in the com­mu­nity this year with fundrais­ing events for Stay ChatTY to pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion, and the Na­tional Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion.

Pic­ture: Wir­raka Maya

South Hed­land Swans Foot­ball Club mer­chan­dise co-or­di­na­tor Trevor Dhu with Wir­raka Maya Health Ser­vice Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Al­fred Barker.

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