Health team making a mountain effort
THE SUNSHINE Coast Shufflers will be recording their kilometres on the Strava app for the Kick The Kilos campaign when they climb five mountains in one morning.
A team of seven challengers including professor Kim Greaves, cardiologist Dr Tony Stanton and Wishlist's Lisa Rowe and Angela Richardson will climb Wild Horse Mountain, Mt Ngungun, Mt Coolum, Mt Cooroora and then to the top of the Noosa lookout in their Hi-5 Mountain Challenge to raise money and awareness for the Health For Life initiative.
"The whole idea is the brainchild of Kim Greaves who is a cardiologist at the hospital," Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.
"The Health For Life program is about keeping our workforce healthy and implementing strategies to overcome some health issues."
Ms Rowe said while you didn't have to climb five mountains in one day everyday, getting up and active could make a huge difference.
"Statistics show that we need to be working on ourselves and the community to become a little bit healthier," she said.
"I think when you go for a run or walk on any day of the week we are a pretty active area and do like to make the most of our environment and rainforests and hinterland and most people are focused on being healthy but I do think we could be doing more."
Ms Rowe said hopefully they could inspire some people to improve their fitness by completing the Hi-5 Mountain Challenge.
"Even if we can reach the 5500 health staff which is a good chunk of the community and get them all partaking in the initiative then that's a great start to encourage the rest of the community to do so as well," she said.
The Sunshine Shufflers were aiming to raise $2000 and be a little bit fitter by October 15 when they completed the challenge.
"My colleague and I have climbed a few mountains in training for this to make sure are able to see it through to the end," Ms Rowe said.