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Health program relaunched
Jenna Cowie, Helga Lawford, Melanie Howard, Marla Hunter and Sachiko Shioji are relaunching a health program for indigenous women.

A program aimed at giving indigenous women easier access to health education and physical activity has been re launched by the Kimberley Population Health Unit.

The Happy, Healthy, Wise program was developed last year in partnership with Boab Health Services.

Run over 10 weeks, the program includes a free hour-long aqua aerobics class, followed by a discussion on a health topic to increase awareness and promote healthy living. Guest speakers will include community dietician Jenna Cowie, WA Cancer Council education officer Lori Black and a representative from Red Cross.

Kimberley Population Health Unit Aboriginal Women’s Health promotion officer Melanie Howard said the initiative had attracted a lot of attention.

“We currently have around 30 indigenous women on our books and the program is a great way for Broome women to maintain fitness, learn about healthy eating and stay cool in the wet season.”

Participants meet at BRAC every Friday until March, 22, from 8am to 10am. For more information contact Melanie Howard on 9192 9760.

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