Team CQ wants you!
4 June 2018
Central Queenslanders can now register in the lifestyle challenge and help slap down the Mackay challengers in a battle of the bulge.
CQ Health staff from Gladstone to Yeppoon, Biloela to Emerald and all points between have started registering and the community is encouraged to get on line and join the campaign.
CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson is on board and expects Central Queensland to rise to the occasion and get moving towards a healthier lifestyle, and take line honours from Mackay as a bonus.
The challenge starts on June 18, and will run for 16 weeks until October, and Central Queenslanders can sign up from today at www.10000steps.org.au .
Mr Williamson – an avid runner who once ran a 100km ultra marathon – said he would not be able to contribute much in the weight loss category, but he would make every step count.
“It is our aim to make Central Queenslanders among the healthiest people in Australia, as part of our long-term plan Destination 2030: Great care for Central Queenslanders, and to close the significant life expectancy gap for this region’s residents,” Mr Williamson said.
“Obviously this is a target that needs action from the whole community, it’s not something we can achieve on our own. We’re hoping this challenge can be the catalyst for some friendly competition leading to a more active, and therefore healthier, community.”
A free online tool has been designed by CQUniversity’s 10,000 Steps program (funded by Queensland Health) to enable the measuring and tracking of challenge participants. Steps, weight and waist girth will be recorded and used to determine the challenge winner.
Individual measurements will be private, but the combined totals will be available online for everyone to see and celebrate.
Individuals can join, or teams can challenge each other to tournaments within the overall challenge. Just jump online for details.
“10,000 Steps is a proven performer in getting people moving, and it’s a perfect partner for our 10,000 Lives program,” Mr Williamson said.
“So far 369,317 members have logged a grand total of 195,967,788,954 steps with 10,000 Steps since it started in 2001. Wouldn’t it be great if our challenge tipped that incredible total over the 200 billion mark?”
“I know there’s been a lot of interest from our health workers right across Central Queensland, and we’d love our fellow community members to get on board and show Mackay what we’re made of,” Mr Williamson said.