Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Actively Avoiding Obesity Is New Project

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Actively Avoiding Obesity Is New Project

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Byline: Bianca Clare bianca.clare@dailymercury.com.au

THE State Government wants the figures that miners in the Bowen Basin bring home to be trimmed down.

The expanding waistlines of our resource workers caught the attention of Minister for Health Stephen Robertson following the release of the latest National Health Survey results.

The survey revealed that 76 per cent of people aged 18 to 64 employed in the mining industry are classified as overweight or obese.

Mr Roberston said this was much higher than the 53 per cent of Australians found to be overweight or obese by this survey.

And he wants to tackle the issue head-on.

"We want to shift the focus from treating obesity and its effects to actively preventing it," he said.

A joint initiative between Queensland Health and BMA has been established to improve the health and welfare of BMA employees and the communities in which they live and work.

Queensland Health is also reviewing a pilot program, which was run at Moranbah, Nebo, Dysart and Coppabella, to encourage healthier eating patterns this year. …

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