Loreena Scully from Cancer Council Queensland and Nikki Cornelius from the Department of Communities offer advice at the health expo in Gin Gin.
Loreena Scully from Cancer Council Queensland and Nikki Cornelius from the Department of Communities offer advice at the health expo in Gin Gin. Max Fleet

Health expo hits Gin Gin

GIN Gin residents celebrated being collectively 200kg lighter yesterday as the town held a health expo featuring displays and helpful information.

The day was a culmination of the Gin Gin Walk It Off weight loss challenge, which has been running since February.

Bundaberg Regional Council Gin Gin community development officer Bob Dieckmann said the day attracted about 100 people.

“Everybody is extremely happy,” Mr Dieckmann said.

He said the diabetes forum had been well received, with many people taking the opportunity to ask questions.

“We had some great questions from across the board on diabetes.”

Mr Dieckmann said there was a celebration when the Walk It Off program results were released.

“Gin Gin has lost 200kg and has travelled a distance of over 40,000km,” he said.

The Gin Gin Health Expo success will see similar programs run in other towns.

“We will try to run it across the region in the next 12 months,” Mr Dieckmann said.

He said he was happy with the level of support from service providers and support groups.

Bundaberg regional councillor Judy Peters said it was an important event for all residents.

“The health expo in Gin Gin this year showcased the need for knowledge within our community to stay healthy and understanding issues of health and wellbeing,” she said.

“Residents learnt first hand the relevant information for us all to stay happy and healthy.”



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