Sporting heroes at fore of indigenous health project

ON TRACK: Anthony Donovan (kneeling) joins supporters Luke Floyd, Rob Hoy, Michael Dougherty and Nicole Donovan in a workout on Jetty Beach. Rob Wright
ON TRACK: Anthony Donovan (kneeling) joins supporters Luke Floyd, Rob Hoy, Michael Dougherty and Nicole Donovan in a workout on Jetty Beach. Rob Wright

FOUR indigenous sporting heroes are assisting NSW Rugby League and NSW Health in a program engaging Aboriginal communities to target priorities of nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.

George Rose, Kyle Saunders, Julie Young and Ronnie Gibbs have lent their names to stages in a variety of challenges.

The Coffs Coast team "2fit2deadly" is about to tackle the Julie Young Challenge over 10 weeks under the guidance of personal trainer Anthony Donovan and his kinsman, rugby league icon Matt Donovan.

"The challenge is to help motivate our people to manage the risk factors that contribute to the development of chronic disease, such as diabetes type 2, heart disease, hypertension and obesity," Anthony said.

"It has also created opportunities for the local Aboriginal community to get out and become more active, eat healthier food and monitor their health more regularly."

The 2fit2deadly team is named after Anthony's training business and is made up of both men and women from 18-55 years.

He said nutritionist Angie Greenshields has assisted with nutrition advice, meal plans and consultation.

"This has assisted our team with fantastic results," he said.

"With the end results from our 30 participants, we hope that this will influence more Aboriginal people to lead a healthier lifestyle.

"We have received support throughout this 10-week challenge from local businesses, which has encouraged our team."

Participant Hayley has three children and really loves the program.

"My key to losing weight and feeling good is commitment and consistent training and never giving up," she said.

If you would like to show your support in the next 10-week challenge, call Anthony on 0413 599 419.

Topics:  coffs harbour indigenous health

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