Heart health program starts
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.