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Health focus at Aboriginal sports carnival

Michelle Daw, Country North SA Medicare Local

Country North SA Medicare LocalThe health and fitness on display by sports men and women who competed in the annual State Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival in Port Lincoln recently was complemented by information provided on the sidelines about healthy lifestyles.

Two Medicare Locals—Country North SA (CNSAML) and Northern Adelaide (NAML)—were on hand to reinforce health messages to about 3 000 Aboriginal people from around South Australia.

CNSAML provided free bottled water to carnival goers, and fresh fruit (donated by the local Woolworths and Coles supermarkets) and information about healthy lifestyles, chronic disease management, eHealth records and telehealth. In the same stall, representatives from NAML provided free blood pressure and diabetes checks and information about annual Aboriginal health checks.

Far Northern Flinders footy players enjoy a healthy snack at the State Aboriginal Sports Carnival in Port LincolnCNSAML also sponsored five individual trophies for football and netball at the carnival.

Port Lincoln based CNSAML local area network officer Doraleen Warrior said it was a great event that helped to renew family ties and friendships from around the State, while giving people a chance to learn more about health.

For more information about Aboriginal health, see CNSAML’s Closing the Gap Program at: <cnorthhealth.com.au/>

or NAML’s Aboriginal Health at: <naml.com.au/>

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