Heart health pro­gram starts

Pilbara News - - News - Louse Alling­ham

The Heart Foun­da­tion launched the Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Heart Health Pro­gram in Roe­bourne last Fri­day.

Those at­tend­ing en­joyed a lunch and par­tic­i­pated in a Zumba class.

The pro­gram, the first of its kind in the Pil­bara, was set up af­ter statis­tics showed heart dis­ease is the lead­ing cause of death in Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties.

Na­tional Heart Foun­da­tion WA car­dio­vas­cu­lar health di­rec­tor Trevor Shilton said the pro­gram would fo­cus on nu­tri­tion, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, young peo­ple, heart health ed­u­ca­tion and im­proved ac­cess to heart health care.

“The Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Heart Health Pro­gram is a ground-break­ing pro­gram de­signed for the com­mu­nity, by the com­mu­nity, right here in Roe­bourne,” he said.

It is a part­ner­ship in­volv­ing the Heart Foun­da­tion, Chevron Aus­tralia and the com­mu­nity of Roe­bourne.

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