Prof Chris Rissel, Director of
the NSW Office of Preventive Health said the winners of the Challenge put in a
“The winners have made really
good lifestyle choices, worked hard to sustain them, and have been excellent
role models in the community,” Prof Rissel said.
“Everyone who took part in the
Challenge should also be congratulated for their achievements and encouraged to
“Losing weight reduces the risk
of getting chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and
Winning teams “Burbaga Burawa
#2” (1st place) from Western Sydney, “Stronger Than You Think” (2nd place) from
Queanbeyan and the “Burbaga Burawa #1” (3rd
place) also from Western Sydney,
collectively lost a total 622 kilograms.
During the course of the
Challenge the average weight lost was 3.9 kilograms per person across all
teams, which is a clinically significant improvement.
Winners are calculated based on
total team weight loss percentage, with the first-placed team receiving
$20,000, second-placed team $7,500 and third-placed team receiving $5,000 in
grants for local community programs. Monies can only be spent according to
specific criteria for community equipment or infrastructure.
The Challenge enables
communities to take the lead on physical activity and nutrition activities that
will work for them, to create healthier lifestyles.
The program aims to motivate
Aboriginal people to manage their lifestyle-related risk factors for chronic
disease and reduce prevalence of overweight and obesity through a weight-loss
competition, physical-activity and healthy eating challenges.
There is strong evidence that
regular physical activity and healthy eating can be effective in reducing risk
factors for chronic disease, and overweight and obesity in the general
In 2019-20, the NSW Ministry of
Health allocated $36.6 million to programs to tackle obesity, with $24.7
million of this for the prevention of childhood obesity.
more information please visit: www.nswknockouthealthchallenge.com.au