New Active and Healthy program launches on the Gold Coast

Mayor Tom Tate has linked up with a member of the Gold Coast Titans and the Gold Coast Suns to launch a new Active and Healthy program.

Titans player Jai Arrow and Suns player Sam Collins joined the Mayor for a pilates class in Carrara today, to encourage all Gold Coasters to get active.

There are currently over 170 free or low-cost activities on offer across the Gold Coast every week, which the Mayor hopes will inspire locals.

“This year, our focus is on empowering people to say I CAN. With more than 170 free or low cost activities on offer across the city each week, it’s easy to get motivated and get moving.

“This year’s theme – I CAN – is all about being inspired and empowered to live a healthy lifestyle and what better inspiration than our football players – our city’s active and healthy role models.

“Around a quarter of the city’s population already participates in the program but lack of regular physical activity is still a massive issue.

“Our goal is to get more of the City doing 30 mins of moderate physical activity a few days a week,” Mayor Tate said.

Titans player Jai Arrow said as a professional athlete, he understands how important it is to look after himself physically and mentally.

“Even though I’ve got an ankle injury at the moment, it hasn’t stopped me. I’m still doing weights, walking and swimming,” he said.

GC Suns player Sam Collins said I CAN was about everyone in the community getting active and healthy, regardless of cost and fitness levels.

“It’s about believing in yourself. Whether it’s surfing, walking or playing footy, we CAN all get involved to improve our overall wellbeing,” said Sam.

For more information about activities on offer, click here.

Now here’s a photo of the Mayor doing pilates.

PHOTO | Supplied by COGC

Walk For Women

Registrations open for Gold Coast Walk for Women’s Cancers

Gold Coasters are being urged to unite in pink to create hope for every woman’s future.

Registrations have now opened for the annual Walk for Women’s Cancer event being held at Kurrawa Park on Saturday September 21 from 8am.

The event is a family-friendly, fun walk for participants of all abilities, with funds raised going towards Cancer Council Queensland’s research for life-saving treatments and support programs for women affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillian encouraged all Gold Coast locals to unite and walk towards a cancer free future this September.

“One in six Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancers in their lifetime,” Ms McMillan said.

“Getting involved might only seem like a small way to make an impact, but your contribution makes a lasting difference to locals touched by this disease.

“Walk with us this year to give hope to all Queensland women affected by cancer.”

Locals can enjoy $5 off their registration until July 31 by using the code ‘EARLYBIRD’. To register for the Walk for Women’s Cancer Gold Coast event, please visit walkforwomen.org.au/locations/gold-coast.

Young woman smoking a cigarette

Smokers three times more likely to die from stroke, five times more likely to develop gangrene

A DISTURBING new study has found cigarettes are causing 17 preventable deaths a day in Australia – or 6400 every year – from stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

The comprehensive study – touted as the most in-depth of its kind in the world – found smoking was more damaging than previously thought, impacting the entire cardiovascular system.

Led by Australian National University Professor Emily Banks, researchers followed more than 180,000 smokers and non-smokers for seven years, examining 36 different types of cardiovascular diseases.

The study found Australia’s 2.7 million smokers were twice as likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack or heart failure, and were three times as likely to die from these diseases compared to people who had never smoked.

It also found smokers were five times more likely to develop peripheral cardiovascular diseases such as gangrene.

Limiting the number of cigarettes smoked daily also doesn’t help much, with the research finding people who smoke an average five cigarettes a day were still twice as likely to be killed by cardiovascular disease.

Those who quit for good, however, and stop smoking by the age of 45 are said to avoid about 90 per cent of the cardiovascular risks.

Stroke Foundation Clinical Council Member Associate Professor Seana Gall said the study showed that at least 30 percent of strokes could be prevented if we could eliminate smoking altogether.

“Too many families continue to be devastated by stroke and heart disease when it could have been prevented,’’ Acting Professor Gall said.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are or how many cigarettes you smoke, they are all causing harm, but the good news is by quitting, individuals can reverse this damage and live a long healthy life.”

Smoking can lead to stroke in a number of ways.

It increases blood pressure, it contains thousands of toxic chemicals which get absorbed into the blood stream damaging blood vessels and causing arteries to narrow and harden and it makes the blood stickier, which can lead to blood clots.

Acting Professor Gall said Australia was tracking well in reducing smoking rates and stopping teens from taking up the habit in the first place, however more must be done.

“While smoking prevalence has fallen over time, around 2.7 million Australians currently smoke and we must continue to help people quit through government measures and anti-smoking campaigns,’’ she said.

“I recognise giving up smoking is hard, and you may not be able to do it the first or even the second attempt, but saying goodbye to cigarettes is worth it for yourself and those who love you.”

The new data was published in the international journal BMC Medicine on Thursday.

Talk to your doctor about quitting or call the national Quitline on 12 78 48 (13 QUIT).

Here’s where you can get fit alongside an NRL legend on the Gold Coast

If someone tells me ‘winter bodies are made in summer’, the first instinct I have… is to eye roll and walk away.

But not this time.

I’ve always wished I could get fit over winter, but warm pasta dishes, red wine, rugging up on the couch and NOT moving is where it’s at.

If that’s you, feel free to hit the back button and stop reading right here. Or, if you’re ready to be convinced like I was that now is a better time than any to get fit, then here we go.

ENTER: Arguably the quickest way to burn bulk calories, F45.
ALSO ENTER: An incredibly good looking, former NRL star, training buddy, Scott Prince.

Word has it you can now train beside a sporting legend, and F45 Bundall is the place to do it.

Prince has been playing league for over twenty years. He’s played for our good ol’ Titans, as well as the Wests Tigers, the Cowboys, the Broncos, and he’s played Origin for Queensland.

So they don’t come much better, and he’s no stranger to training HARD.

He’s been training at F45 Bundall for the past 3 years but rumour has it; he’s about to take on the franchise’s next global 8 week challenge (beginning on July 22).

So YOU can train with HIM!

I’m not a stalker. But that’s a big incentive for me.

Prince is also lined up to help the trainers with extra sessions and Q&As, for those who want the extra benefits of his sporting knowledge.

Otherwise you can just say g’day to him in class!

Prince will only be training at F45 Bundall, and apparently they’re running a two week free trial so you could realistically just spend two weeks sweating your butt off while drooling over Scott Prince.

You’re welcome.

Did I mention there’s a trip to Bali up for grabs too? I must have been too distracted by the Scott Prince thing…

For more information, click here.

Daffodil Day Volunteer

Volunteers needed for Daffodil Day appeal

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on locals to show their support for the Daffodil Day Appeal by selling fresh daffodils to raise funds for vital cancer research.

The Daffodil Day Appeal will take place throughout August, culminating in Daffodil Day on Friday, August 23.

This year, Daffodil Day celebrates 33 years of turning Australia yellow, and local volunteers are needed to help sell daffodils at various locations around the Gold Coast.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said preparations for Daffodil Day were well-underway, but more volunteers were needed.

“Cancer Council works across every aspect of cancer, but we rely on the generosity of community donations to help fund our work,” Ms McMillan said.

“We want to encourage everyone to get involved this Daffodil Day, with the knowledge that your involvement will give hope to everyone affected by cancer.”

This year, Cancer Council Queensland are looking for more than 480 volunteers across the greater Gold Coast and City of Logan areas to give a few hours of their time to help us sell fresh daffodils at over 50 sites.

“If you enjoy meeting people and love the idea of helping raise funds for a vital cause contributing to a cancer free future, then you’re exactly who we’re looking for,” Ms McMillan said.

This year, Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1 million to support its vital work in cancer research through the Daffodil Day Appeal.

There are many ways to support the Daffodil Day Appeal; volunteer your time, get your school or workplace involved; donate online, or buy a daffodil pin or fresh daffodils on Friday, August 23.

For more information or to get involved, visit daffodilday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.