Organisers of the Deadly Choices Community Day in Gladstone on Sunday, 6th April couldn’t have been happier with the proceedings held at the Gladstone Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC).
As the Community day was aimed at sending a positive message about health, Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Service used the QGC/CQ RAICCHO Mobile Health Van to offer free flu vaccinations to families and to provide health checks. 7 health checks were completed, 7 flu vaccinations were administered, 3 new Aboriginal clients were registered and an additional 10 health checks were booked in to the Nhulundu Wooribah Clinic.
Carly Cooke, the General Manager of Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Services, reinforced the importance of educating people about their health.
“Many health problems and chronic diseases can be avoided through making the right lifestyle choices,” she said. “If we can encourage people to seek assistance in quitting smoking, eating healthy and exercising regularly, we can help them avoid getting diseases such as type-2 diabetes, smoking related cancers and high blood pressure. “
Special guest and Olympic boxer Damien Hooper was on hand to share his own personal story about how making positive choices turned his life around. After being introduced to the sport of boxing by a policeman when he was just a teenager, Damien credits the sport with saving his life.
“I was headed down a path of substance abuse. Boxing gave me a drive to be successful and helped me through some tough times in my life,” he said. “I want to be a leader for my people and show how making good choices can have a positive impact on your life.”
Kids at the event were thrilled when their hero invited them into the ring to spar with the champion.
“I want to inspire kids to reach their potential. Sport encourages kids to set goals and developing discipline and this can translate to other areas of life.”
The Good Quick Tukka team treated families to a tasty lunch and cooked up a storm with their healthy food options. Peta-Marie and her team from Express Fitness got everyone moving and shaking with their fitness routines and had kids and adults alike joining in the fun to work off the calories.