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Locals encouraged to achieve wellbeing goals

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Local resident Tammy McGregor says taking part in the Active and Healthy Bundaberg program last year was one of the best decisions she has ever made to kickstart a healthier lifestyle.

Local resident Tammy McGregor says taking part in the Active and Healthy Bundaberg program last year was one of the best decisions she has ever made to kickstart a healthier lifestyle.

The Active and Healthy Bundaberg program falls under the umbrella of the Do Your Thing initiative which was officially launched this month.

Do Your Thing is a community-owned and led approach towards improving the health and wellbeing of the Bundaberg region.

The initiative is led by organisations and community groups committed to supporting people to ‘do their thing’ and make healthy changes in their lives in ways that work for them.

Tammy was in the first cohort of the Active and Healthy Bundaberg program, which took place at the end of last year.

She said it taught her a number of key skills and strategies to improve her health and wellbeing.

“As part of the program, we had three areas we were trying to improve in which included physical fitness, nutrition and wellbeing.

“It was awesome because it was the perfect balance of all three for me and I managed to improve in all three areas and am still working to continue to improve at the moment.”

While finding the path to health and wellbeing is different for everyone, Tammy said the program provided consultation with local health and wellbeing providers to find what best suited each individual’s needs.

“I think this is going to benefit the wider community because it helps coordinate local businesses and providers across the three areas of health and wellbeing,” she said.

Tammy said she learnt a range of skills and tactics throughout the duration of the program which she has implemented into her daily routines to continue to strive for success.

“I will definitely take the things I have learnt with me into the future and implement these into my lifestyle,” she said.

“One of the main things I learnt was about changing a habit, so if you want to change a habit you put it onto something you already do.

“So, when you clean your teeth, if you are then wanting to make sure you drink more water, then every time I clean my teeth I drink two or three glasses of water.”

Do Your Thing is coordinated by Bundaberg Regional Council, Health and Wellbeing Queensland and the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport, in conjunction with local and state-based organisations.

The initiative aims to improve the way programs and services across nutrition, physical activity, and mental health and social wellbeing sectors are coordinated, delivered, and communicated across the region.

Do Your Thing supports the goal of reducing the region’s overweight and obesity rate to below the national average by 2030.

You can find out more about the programs that are involved in the initiative here.

The Active and Healthy Bundaberg program is funded by the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Health and Wellbeing Queensland under the ActiveKIT program.

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