Football is giving a group of South Sudanese women a kick out of life.
The women are all participants of the free, healthy lifestyle program My health for life, designed to help Queenslanders to live and age well, and lessen their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The program is funded by the State Government and is delivered by the Healthier Queensland Alliance – a group of not-for-profits which includes the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ).
ECCQ came up with the idea of “walking’’ football when the women began looking for ways to improve their physical activity.
“It was something a bit different and it gave the women an opportunity to come together as well as try a new sport,’’ said ECCQ’s program manager for chronic disease, Hong Do.
“We have partnered with Football Queensland and they have been great, providing us with a trained coach so the women learn some ball skills as well as get active.’’
The women joined the My health for life program in late September, each setting a health goal and working with a health coach to break their goal into achievable steps. They have also been learning about ways to improve their health, discussing program topics ranging from healthy eating, to moving more, sleeping well and stressing less.
The group meets at the Acacia Ridge Community Centre on Thursday every fortnight but other groups meet across Brisbane and elsewhere in the State. Ms Do said the feedback about the program was positive.
“Improving your health does not have to be boring, and I think this is what these women are discovering.
“They love they are learning and trying new things and would actually like the program to run longer than it does, she said.
My health for life offers several program options, including general and workplace programs and phone coaching as well as culturally tailored groups. To find out more, visit myhealthforlife.com.au or call 13 74 75. If you are specifically interested in one of the culturally tailored or simplified English programs contact ECCQ on 3255 1540 or email them at email@example.com.