High illness rates in Kwinana prompt healthy event

Matildas and Perth Glory player Eliza Campbell. Photo: Getty
Matildas and Perth Glory player Eliza Campbell. Photo: Getty

WITH residents in Kwinana having some of the highest rates in Australia of illnesses such as type II diabetes and high cholesterol, the first of a series of Eat Brighter Live Lighter events will be launched tomorrow at the Kwinana Market Place Shopping Centre.

The alarming figures come from a 2015 study by Curtin University that also found the area has the highest rate of women who smoke during pregnancy.

The launch will feature healthy fresh food samplings, cooking workshops and kids activities including a visit from Matilda’s goalkeeper Eliza Campbell for meet and greets, autograph signing and fruit soccer.

Campbell is also a new recruit for the 2018-19 season for Perth Glory and will be at the event from 11am -12pm.

Also dropping by will be Vegieman and Celerina Celery and there will be competitions, informative displays and special access to the Live Lighter 321 free meal plan to help build a healthier, happier Kwinana whilst having fun along the way.

Moorditj Koort will also be launching their fortnightly Healthy Lifestyle Community walking group on the day from 10am in front of the Coles supermarket.

Other health issues that also rated higher in Kwinana compared with the state were respiratory problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease and mental health.

Long term chronic disease can be prevented or moderated by making healthy lifestyle changes which reduce risk.

The event is due to a collaboration between the Kwinana Marketplace, City of Kwinana and the South Metropolitan Health Service, LiveLighter and Moorditj Koort.

Its aim is to make a greater impact on the health and wellbeing of its community as a whole by influencing these lifestyles factors via a 12-month program of events.

The Essentials

WHAT: Eat Brighter, Live Lighter Event Launch

WHEN: Thursday, October 4 from 10am

WHERE: Kwinana Marketplace Shopping Centre, Gilmore Avenue, Kwinana.