Challenge set for Febfast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,” 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