News

Ipswich is leading the great flab fightback

WINNING OBESITY BATTLE: Ipswich Hospital Foundation personal trainer Susan Yates helps Chelsea Rees with exercise.
WINNING OBESITY BATTLE: Ipswich Hospital Foundation personal trainer Susan Yates helps Chelsea Rees with exercise. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH, once considered one of the fattest places in south-east Queensland, is fast becoming one of the fittest.

About three years ago a state-wide survey found 62.4% of Ipswich residents considered themselves either overweight or obese.

Fast-forward to 2013, and the community is now being praised by the Heart Foundation for its commitment to health and wellbeing.

The national charity organisation recently presented Ipswich City Council with a Healthy Community Award in recognition of its commitment to promoting a healthy and active city.

The foundation selected Ipswich for its Park Fit, A Breath of Fresh Air and Fit 4 Work programs, which support residents to increase their physical activity levels, improve their diets and quit smoking.

Health and Community Safety Committee chairman, councillor Andrew Antoniolli said the three initiatives had delivered exceptional results.

"Only a couple of years ago Ipswich had one of the highest incidences of obesity in the state," he said. "A recent report has now come back to show that we have improved significantly, with one of the biggest decreases in obesity in the state."

Cr Antoniolli said the council had taken a highly flexible and creative approach to developing healthy living programs that worked and that people enjoyed.

The Ipswich Hospital Foundation, which established Part Fit as part of its Fit4Life program, said the initiative used equipment in public parks to teach people to use the facilities for fitness. IHF communications co-ordinator Chelsea Rees said such ICC supported fitness activities were offered for a low cost, which was perhaps why they were popular.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale praised the commitment of Ipswich residents to their own health and wellbeing which made the achievement possible.

Fit 4 Life Activities

  • Stoller Boot Camp, Friday 8.30am, Springfield Lakes Tennis Court
  • Redbank Walking, Monday, 7am, Redbank Plaza
  • Park Fit, Tuesday, 9am, Limestone Park
  • Boxercise, Wednesday, 5.30pm, Lobley Park

Topics:  fit4life heart foundation obesity


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fears he's Lucky last koala in Peregian Beach

UNLUCKY: Lucky by name but eventually not by nature - or our impact on the environment.

Locals saddened by passing of Lucky

Frank Sr was Peregian Beach treasure

DEEPLY RESPECTED: Frank Wilkie Sr loomed large in life at Peregian Beach and in all his life endeavours.

Community and mayor mourn loss of a real leader

Local Partners

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

OWNERS of icon Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld want to super-size the site with accommodation and entertainment to turn it into Australia’s Disneyland.

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

Janet’s back in the ring

Marta Dusseldorp returns in season three of the TV series Janet King.

Season three of ABC's legal drama delves deeper than ever before.

Game of Thrones drops new trailer for season 7

Game of Thrones fans have been given a new trailer for season 7.

Fans are finally getting a full-throttled peak at season seven.

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Privacy and views in the heart of Noosa

Immaculate residence in exclusive Noosa Heads gated community

Saddle up for Noosa hinterland horse property

Purpose-built horse complex and residence on cleared 5.26ha

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!