Stretch your body and mind

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WEST Aus­tralians are be­ing urged to ex­er­cise their bod­ies and minds this month.

Burswood-based Youth Fo­cus has launched the La­van Fit30 ini­tia­tive, which chal­lenges peo­ple to get fit for a cause by ex­er­cis­ing 30 min­utes a day for 30 days and fundraise.

Youth Fo­cus chief ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Kalaf said re­search showed peo­ple with ma­jor men­tal ill­nesses had a re­duced life ex­pectancy.

“We know that peo­ple with ma­jor men­tal ill­nesses have an in­creased risk of can­cer, heart dis­ease, stroke, pul­monary dis­ease or di­a­betes,” she said.

“They are more likely to suf­fer from dis­eases linked to ad­dic­tion, obe­sity and poverty and re­search shows they may suf­fer the ad­verse health con­se­quences ear­lier.”

Ms Kalaf said that in its in­au­gu­ral year in 2016, the La­van Fit30 ini­tia­tive in­volved hun­dreds of peo­ple with busi­nesses, schools, health clubs and in­di­vid­u­als tak­ing part.

The first cam­paign raised more than $70,000 to sup­port the free, pro­fes­sional coun­selling ser­vices that Youth Fo­cus pro­vides for 12 to 25year-olds with men­tal health is­sues.

To mark the first day of the La­van Fit30, which started on on Septem­ber 1, Youth Fo­cus called on all West Aus­tralians to put on ex­er­cise gear for Ac­tivewear to Work Day, which aims to raise aware­ness.

Reg­is­ter for the 30-day chal­lenge or do­nate to the Youth Fo­cus team at https://la­van­fit302017.go­fundraise.com.au.

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