GRAHAM Beissel practises what he preaches - that is why the Taroom pharmacist is taking part in the Taroom Tonne, a community healthy-lifestyle program aimed at helping residents lose weight.
A tonne of weight.
Graham and Taroom Hospital director of nursing Greg Hill came up with the idea together to raise awareness of healthier lifestyles in Taroom and collectively lose a tonne of fat.
The Taroom Tonne is a free program that will measure weight loss and hold various events and challenges like the Biggest Loser TV series.
“There will be incentives to be involved in a healthy lifestyle,” Graham said.
Participants will go into a draw to win a holiday by completing tasks and losing weight.
A fitness and aerobics instructor will hold weekly exercise classes and there will be motivational workshops.
Graham said weight loss would be measured as a percentage of your weight to give a fair result for all participants.
Weight loss won't be the only indicator of success, with waist measurements, blood pressure and other vital statistics also recorded.
Graham said 50 people had registered with the program, which starts on September 1 and will run for six months.
A barometer displayed at Taroom Hospital will have regular updates on the total weight loss by all the participants as they push towards losing a tonne.
Graham said he planned to reduce dairy foods and fats in his diet and to exercise more.
“People can join in the fitness classes or do their own exercise like walking,” he said.
“People need to respect their bodies and treat it with some TLC (tender loving care).
“Take it for a walk and it will respond by improving.”
Graham will use walking his dog, Whiskey, as motivational exercise.
He praised the hospital for its involvement in the program and its community interaction.
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