Program to help Burdekin girls and women improve their health

Burdekin Shire Council is giving local women, 15 years and over, the opportunity to take part in a free healthy lifestyle and active living program.

The 2016 Getting Women and Girls Active for Life – Get Out, Get Active program is specifically aimed at women who may be inactive or not as active as they should be.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the aim of the program was to introduce girls and women to new physical activities and better nutrition.

“Participants will be part of a free eight-week program that includes membership at one of five local fitness providers and weekly lifestyle modification sessions with Jeanie Zonta from Burdekin Centre for Rural Health,” she said.

“The program is designed to help inactive or under active women kick start a healthier lifestyle and equip them with the knowledge and confidence to continue on their own after the program ends.”

Cr McLaughlin said the program would run for eight weeks beginning Monday, May 2, 2016.

“There are limited positions available, so if you fit the criteria and want to make a positive lifestyle change, you should sign up,” she said.

Women interested in participating in the program must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 15 years or older
  • Not currently a member of/regularly visiting a gym or fitness provider
  • Not currently participating in regular physical activity
  • Able to provide a medical clearance/permission form from your doctor

Participants will have the choice of registering with Activ8, Curves, First in Physio, NRGIZE Fitness or Snap Fitness. An overview of what each of these fitness providers offer appears on the registration form.

Registration forms are now available on Council’s website, at the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill Branch Library as well as from Council’s Customer Service Centre.

The Queensland Government provided $14,600 (exc gst) to Burdekin Shire Council to facilitate the 2016 Getting Women and Girls Active for Life – Get out, Get Active program.

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