Chal­lenge set for Feb­fast

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Healthy Happy Living -

Mem­bers of Wim­mera Drug Ac­tion Task­force will again be in­volved in Feb­fast this year.

Staff en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to join them on the jour­ney, which in­volves giv­ing up al­co­hol, sugar or any­thing ‘you like’ for the month of Fe­bru­ary.

Co-or­di­na­tor Sally Pymer said by sign­ing up peo­ple also raised money to sup­port dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple.

“Last year those in­volved found the chal­lenge very re­ward­ing,” she said.

“Some gave up al­co­hol, sugar, cof­fee or tech­nol­ogy and no­ticed changes to their health through­out the month, in­clud­ing weight loss.

“As a re­sult some have per­ma­nently changed their be­hav­iours.”

Mrs Pymer said just know­ing you have given some­thing up for the month can do won­ders for self es­teem and con­fi­dence.

“There are many ben­e­fits of be­ing in­volved,” she said.

“Overindulging on al­co­hol can lead to a build-up of tox­ins in the body. This can cause your or­gans, tis­sues and es­sen­tial sys­tems to be­come over­taxed.

“Tak­ing a break from al­co­hol can al­low your sys­tem to have a much-needed re­boot.

“Peo­ple giv­ing up al­co­hol for the month should en­joy health ben­e­fits such as bet­ter en­ergy lev- els, im­proved sleep and fat loss.” Mrs Pymer said a month without al­co­hol could also re­duce the risk of long-term health prob­lems such as heart dis­ease.

She said sugar was hid­den in many foods, and the more you had, the more you wanted.

“Many peo­ple would be sur­prised to hear how much sugar can be in­cluded in foods such as sauces, ce­re­als, muesli bars and drinks,” she said.

Mrs Pymer said peo­ple who par­tic­i­pated in Feb­fast found it easy to lose weight when cut­ting sugar from their diet.

“They find their en­ergy lev­els have in­creased too, and not de­creased as many might think,” she said.

Mrs Pymer said peo­ple might have other habits they would like to work on for the month.

“This might in­clude such things as giv­ing up fast food, so­cial me­dia, tech­nol­ogy, driv­ing to work, soft drink, cof­fee, tele­vi­sion or choco­late,” she said.

“So why not try giv­ing up al­co­hol, sugar or some­thing else for the month of Fe­bru­ary?

“You might lose weight, save money, spend more qual­ity time with your fam­ily and no­tice ad­di­tional ben­e­fits.”

Mrs Pymer said peo­ple in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved could sign up at www.feb­fast.org.au.

“It would be great to know who is tak­ing up this chal­lenge, so if in­ter­ested please call me on 5362 1200 or email sally.p@grampianscom­mu­ni­ty­health.org.au,” she said.

CHAL­LENGE AC­CEPTED: From left, Bryan Preb­ble, Peter Both, Ruth San­ders, Philip Yew and Josh Koenig are tak­ing on the Feb­fast chal­lenge to im­prove their health. The men will give up sugar and al­co­hol for a month, while Ms San­ders will give up cof­fee. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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