Active Kyogle Project co-ordinator Suzie Coulston (left) signs up Elder Patsy Bunjulahm Nagas, from Geneva, near Kyogle, to take part in the 21-day wellbeing program.
Active Kyogle Project co-ordinator Suzie Coulston (left) signs up Elder Patsy Bunjulahm Nagas, from Geneva, near Kyogle, to take part in the 21-day wellbeing program. Cathy Adams

Kyogle's getting active

PATSY NAGAS, of Geneva, is a woman on a mission.

She needs to lose 10kg by October to be reassessed for a kidney transplant.

To help achieve her goal she has signed on the ‘21-day challenge’, an initiative of the Active Kyogle project, which aims to help improve the wellbeing of people in the Kyogle local government area.

Come August 14 Ms Nagas will join others on the challenge during which she will attempt to eat well and be physically active for 21 days.

Project co-ordinator Suzie Coulston said the challenge was an opportunity to use the resources available through the Active Kyogle project.

“It takes 21 days to form a habit,” Ms Coulston said.

If people can get active for 21 days it is hoped they will be in the habit of living a healthier lifestyle, she said.

The project got a Federal grant of $560,930, to be spent over three years as part of the Australian Government’s new $18 million Preventative Health Initiative.

The project was developed by a coalition of community groups in association with the North Coast Area Health Service.

It will involve the development of a community garden and a community gym in Kyogle, and see a range of healthy eating and healthy lifestyle programs rolled out over the next three years.

Community consultations last year identified three key initiatives to boost local health and wellbeing: A community gardens project, a community gym for Kyogle, and a boost for the resources and facilities available through existing community organisations and clubs.

“This is a small grants program aimed at supporting programs that areready to start with just a bit of financial assistance, and that can support themselves once they are off and running,” Ms Coulston said.

Examples of eligible projects included tennis nets, racquets and balls, even dance classes in local halls, netball bibs, and raised garden beds, she said.

Groups and organisations within the Kyogle Council area and Urbenville are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is July 30, but organisations must first talk to the grants officer about their project.

To find out more visit www.activekyogle.org.au, or phone 6632 1833.



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