The Brisbane Broncos this morning helped promote the benefits of DC FIT, an exciting eight to 12-week program addition to the Queensland-wide Deadly Choices Healthy Lifestyle campaign, which will be rolled out through Queensland schools and community groups.
Inclusion for all fitness levels is at the forefront of the DC FIT or Fun Indigenous Training program, that was launched as Queensland Health Minister, the Hon. Steven Miles, and Staggs underwent a session with program facilitators this morning.
Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to modify and reduce risk of chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, hypertension and diabetes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Obesity is one of the main risk factors for morbidity and mortality, so increasing the levels of physical activity will give the community an opportunity to improve our quality of life and to continue to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 25 years old, DC FIT is an opportunity to participate in low-intensity activities among friends and family at school, or within small community groups.
During an initial pilot conducted in Caboolture by the Moreton Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Community Health Service Deadly Choices had 10 successful graduates of the DC FIT program, many of whom have now begun their own health and fitness journeys at local gyms and sporting clubs.
The DC FIT programs have recently been implemented into schools and community groups by certified DC Program Officers across Brisbane, Ipswich, Mackay, Rockhampton and Cunnamulla, and will soon be introduced in to the Gold Coast.
DC FIT also provides amazing professional development opportunities for the community Program Officers. To date, more than 60 Program Officers throughout Queensland have either gained or will soon complete their Certificate 3 and/or Certificate 4 Personal Trainer/ fitness qualifications, which are a mandatory requirement to deliver DC FIT.
DC FIT instills in participants a sense of personal pride and confidence – encouraging community members to begin an introductory exercise program twice a week in a culturally safe and supportive environment.
As with all Deadly Choices programs an up-to-date 715 health check is mandatory for all participants.
There’s no judgement, no pre-conceived idea of where those involved need to be at any particular stage of the program.
Participants simply gain a GP referral from your local AMS, commit to turning up to each session and maintain an eagerness to improving your health.
Along the way there is opportunities to meet new friends, gain some healthy habits and score some deadly training gear as you progress through the DC FIT program.
The DC FIT merchandise range includes a DC Shirt, shorts, tights, hat, drink bottles and DC FIT Diary, so participants can record their own progress.