Let's show them Gladstone's the fittest
GET your walking shoes on - the Gladstone Observer needs you to stand up for town pride.
We're about to launch a stepping challenge, encouraging individuals to do something about their fitness leading into summer, and we'll be competing with other towns and cities to see which place walks the most.
We're doing it because over the past week, we've shared some pretty horrific statistics about our region's obesity problem.
If we don't start making lifestyle changes today, we won't be around long enough to make them later.
Hence the Kick the Kilos stepping challenge, and to help motivate you, Australian surfing champion Sally Fitzgibbons joins our Weekend magazine team today to share her fitness tips and tricks and give us a nudge in the right direction with her own 12-week challenge.
"If I could help one person into a healthier lifestyle, for me, that's the most rewarding thing,” she said.
The Gladstone Observer is determined to impact many lives.
We're going up against 14 other regions in Queensland and Northern New South Wales who have signed up to our Kick the Kilos stepping competition.
So where is our fittest town?
The aim is to walk or run as many kilometres as you can over 12 weeks, log your scores in our Strava app group, and it will pool together with everyone else's scores in that group.
The town that racks up the biggest distance overall and per capita wins.
The competition starts next Saturday so we have a week to sign up as many people as possible in our region to Strava - so spread the word.
As the editor of Gladstone Observer, I care about our community.
I've signed up to the competition, my staff have signed up, and now I am asking you to get on board too.
I particularly challenge business leaders and community group heads to encourage their staff and members to join.
Let's show these other regions what we're made of and Kick the Kilos together.
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