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COUNCIL ENCOURAGES THE GRIFFITH COMMUNITY TO MAKE HEALTHY NORMAL

Griffith City Council has joined forces with Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) to encourage residents to ‘make healthy normal’.

With over half of the adults in NSW and more than 60 percent in Murrumbidgee overweight or obese, we are living in an environment where being overweight has become ‘normal’. Not only is overweight and obesity associated with a wide range of chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, it is currently costing the NSW Government $19 billion per year.

Make Healthy Normal works on the principle that small changes to how we live our lives can make a big difference to our overall health. By gradually increasing the number of healthy choices we make every day, we will be healthier, and have increased quality of life and reduced risk of chronic disease.

Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Peta Dummett, is delighted to be working in collaboration with MLHD to encourage residents to make a change.

“Small changes to your lifestyle can make a big difference. Regular physical activity helps you maintain good health and manage your weight and it also makes you feel happier, which is good for your overall mental health,” Ms Dummett said.

As part of the Make Healthy Normal Campaign partnership Ms Dummett and MLHD Health Promotion Coordinator Judy Callinan placed stickers around City Park last week.

The stickers have been positioned along the footpath at 200-metre intervals and provide a visual of how many kilojoules you have burnt over the 1kms marked out.

Ms Dummett is encouraging residents to take the first small step towards a healthier normal by getting active.

“As the weather starts to warm up I urge residents to get out and about and enjoy our parks and open spaces,” she said.

“Even if you start by simply getting up from your desk at lunchtime and walking around the block with a colleague, or take your lunch break outside.

“Why not ask your colleagues to have a ‘walk and talk’ meeting rather than sitting at a desk?

“It’s these first small step that will eventually make a big difference.”

Mayor John Dal Broi said he was happy Council could help spread the Make Health Normal Campaign message.

“The long-term benefits of a campaign like this will be far reaching for the health and wellbeing of our residents,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“I’d urge everyone to check out the website because it’s an excellent resource.”

Visit www.makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au to find out more about the campaign. The website is packed with helpful tips and advice including healthy recipes, menu plans and exercise programs.

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