Stretch your body and mind
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.