A second round of the successful Active and Healthy Bundaberg Program will begin soon, giving participants an opportunity to work on their health and fitness goals while maintaining positive mental wellbeing.
The Bundaberg Regional Council initiative is aimed at increasing physical activity in adults aged 25 to 35 who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, with a particular focus on female engagement.
Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann said the first cohort completed their 12-week program in December last year with fantastic results.
“There were 24 participants who engaged in the program, and it was a great success,” he said.
“All participants had varying drivers for being involved, and likewise they each had differing aspects of the program that they felt benefitted them most.
“Feedback from one participant in particular was how extremely grateful she was for her opportunity to be involved and was extremely proud of her efforts to lose almost 15kg during the program.”
Cr Habermann said the second cohort would begin their journey in February and would work with various health and fitness providers along the way.
“The participants will undertaking an independent health assessment which informs the development of a customised health and wellbeing ‘script' for them to utilise not only in the program, but also in life,” he said.
“Participants will attend workshops and consultations facilitated by local health and wellbeing providers that cover three principal areas of physical health, nutrition, and wellbeing.
“The idea is they will gain knowledge about overall healthy habits across the three areas of physical fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness and wellbeing which will enable them to modify their habits and behaviours and lead them to becoming healthier overall.”
Cr Habermann said 24 new participants were currently in the process of being finalised for the Cohort 2 Active and Healthy Bundaberg program in a recruitment process which began last year.
The Active and Healthy Bundaberg Program will commence on Monday 21 February and conclude on Friday 13 May.
This free fitness program delivered through Active and Healthy Bundaberg is funded by the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport along with Health and Wellbeing Queensland under the ActiveKIT program.