The Burdekin Shire Council’s recent Get Out, Get Active program has been hailed a success.
The program, which was aimed at women and girls aged 15 years and over who may be inactive or not as active as they should be, was held over two months with five participating local fitness providers and the Burdekin Centre for Rural Health.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council had received excellent feedback from participants and providers.
“It’s really great to acknowledge the success of the 100 people who took part in the program,” she said.
“One lot of participants lost a total of 304cm, 50.7kg and 22.2% body fat over the eight weeks. That’s a great result.
“It’s great to see such a large number of those who took part continue to participate in a fitness program.
“Each fitness provider selected one or two of the participants that they thought had excelled in their efforts to get fit or more active.”
Cr McLaughlin said that due to the success and wonderful feedback, Council would run a second Get Out, Get Active program for the 22 participants who were on the waiting list for the first program.
“We have a limited amount of funding left for this program, but this will cover the cost of helping those who missed out the first time round,” she said.
“This second round will start next Monday, 8 August, and run through until Sunday 2 October.”
Council was fortunate to receive funding for the program through the Queensland Government’s Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing Get Out, Get Active Program.
Local providers included ACTIV8, Curves, First In Physio, NRGIZE, Snap Fitness and Burdekin Centre for Rural Health’s Healthy Eating Activity & Lifestyle program.