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Sons of the West graduates celebrate healthy outcomes

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Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 9:15am

Golden Plains graduates of the Sons of the West men's health program, along with family and friends, have celebrated their participation in the program this week.

The Smythesdale 'Sons of the West' program came to a close on Tuesday following the Graduation Celebration which was held in partnership with the City of Ballarat’s Wendouree and Sebastopol programs.

This was a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of all those who helped coordinate and deliver the program, but most importantly the men who participated.

The program

Sons of the West – which attracted over 2,000 registrations in its most recent year – is a free health initiative aimed at engaging men in simple, healthy activities aimed at boosting their wellbeing.

The program included easy-to-access activities aimed at improving awareness and general health levels – without boot camps or marathons, but a 10-week program to help men live healthier, eat healthier and get back in the game of life.

Positive outcomes for locals

23 men of the Golden Plains Shire took part in the program. 19 men graduated on the evening, with other graduates being unavailable to attend.

Stories from the participants indicate that it has changed lives in a positive manner, inspiring them to make sustainable lifestyle changes.

Program graduates are pictured here with patron and AFL legend Doug Hawkins.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 10:27am


Golden Plains Shire spans the Traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people. Council acknowledges them as the traditional Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders and Eastern Maar Elders past, present and emerging. Council extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ppeople who are part of Golden Plains Shire.